The Lullaby Project – conceived by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute – uses the creative process of songwriting to improve maternal health and child bonds with pregnant women and new mothers experiencing housing insecurity and other challenging life situations. Together with musicians from the Oregon Symphony and local singer-songwriters, mothers and mothers-to-be are creating personal lullabies for their children, expressing their hopes and dreams for the future.
In 2018, this collaboration began as part of the Sounds of Home community initiative, and is staged in close partnership with Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS), a nonprofit organization that empowers homeless families with children to get back into stable, long-term housing. This is the beginning of a program we plan on developing and growing over the years.
The music created by the mothers, songwriters, and musicians will be showcased in a special community performance on April 26, which will be live-streamed on the Oregon Symphony Facebook page. To watch this performance, follow us on Facebook and visit our page at 6 pm PST on April 26.
You can learn more about the Lullaby Project by listening to an interview with project participants on OPB’s Think Out Loud.
For more information, contact Monica Hayes, education and community programs director.