SPI Creative had the unique opportunity to assist MEMA-Music, a 501 (c)3 organization that has come up with a unique program that integrates socially conscious music from the 60’s and 70’s and uses it to help teach history to middle school kids. One of the featured schools where it was introduced was north side’s Stone Scholastic Academy and it’s 8th grade classes. Songs from artists like Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Crosby Stills and Nash, Sly and the Family Stone to name a few were introduced to the kids, most for the first time, whose lyrics were examined as a tool to explore the social political climate of the time during the Vietnam War era and the Civil Rights movement.
Kids were asked to explore lyrics’ meaning through self expression, individual and group study and discussion. Cumulative projects included posters, multimedia presentations and television PSAs that the kids put together. SPI Creative provided video and audio recording assistance. Many of these projects will be available on the MEMA-Music site soon.