A Sweet Fairy Tale
A musical initiative to educate the public on proper nutrition & the dangers of added sugar
This project consists of two parts:
Commission: We have commissioned a new composition modeled after Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale”and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” specifically created to introduce listeners to the instruments and sounds of the orchestra; they are regularly performed all over the world for young people. In our commission, we will combine the theatrical style of Stravinsky with the educational narrative format of Prokofiev, representing nutritional principles with specific instruments and musical motives. We call it the “Nutrition Fairy Tale.”
Video: We will create a video animation (of the commission) that can be shared widely across platforms (social media, etc.) for schools, hospitals, and communities around the country to include in their nutrition educational materials.
The cause of this campaign is nutrition education and childhood obesity in partnership with the Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation Foundation (EChO) and its founder, Laurent Adamowicz.
EChO aims to provide health education, research, and access to nutrition care services, particularly to underserved communities and youth. Our community partners include the Codman Health Center, which serves as a resource for improving the physical, mental and social well-being of the community; and the Daily Table, a not-for-profit retail store that offers a variety of affordable foods by working with a large network of growers, supermarkets, manufacturers, and other suppliers who donate their excess, healthy food, or provide them with special buying opportunities. Both are located in Dorchester, MA.
In the United States today, 13 million children suffer from childhood obesity. This current generation of children is predicted to have a lower life expectancy than their parents. In Boston, 39.8% of children aged 11-17 are overweight or obese compared to the 28.5% of children in Massachusetts and the 29.9% of children Nationwide. Research suggests that nutrition instruction can be improved through: A) Use of active learning strategies, B) Ways to integrate nutrition lessons into other subjects, and C) Ways to involve families in nutrition education.”
The immediate goal sponsorship for this project is to support the commission of a new composition that would fulfill these three methods and support multiple performances with our community partners in Dorchester, MA, a neighborhood which suffers high rates of childhood obesity.