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HEARTBEAT unites Israeli and Palestinian youth to build critical understanding and transform conflict through the power of music. Heartbeat creates spaces and opportunities for Palestinian and Israeli youth musicians to build critical awareness, respect, and trust while harnessing creative nonviolent tools for self-expression and social change. Over 100 youth musicians from Haifa, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah have participated in Heartbeat retreats, workshops, camps, field trips, overseas exchanges, and the development of ensembles within our local, city-based chapters.
Participants will raise their critical consciousness, and harness their agency to change the status quo in and between their communities.
Heartbeat’s core program, Amplifying Youth Voices, focuses on the establishment and facilitation of ensembles of young Arab and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli musicians (ages 14-20 years old) who come together weekly for sustained music based dialogue programs in Haifa and Jerusalem. During these weekly sessions, Heartbeat youth explore each other’s cultures and narratives. They develop skills in improvisation, song-writing, performance technique, music theory, communication, and leadership whilst also engaging in dialogue about their daily lives and the conflict that surrounds them. Participants raise their critical consciousness, and harness their agency to change the status quo in and between their communities.