Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) recently announced its grant to Sophia Academy which created a choral arts after school program named “Sophia Sings” in collaboration with Girls Rock! Rhode Island. “We are very excited about our partnership with Girls Rock! Rhode Island and the opportunity to offer this dynamic option for our girls,” said Gigi DiBello, Head of School. The mission statements of Sophia Academy and of Girls Rock! Rhode Island both emphasize the empowerment of young girls. The participants will learn developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant repertoire of songs. It will be a wonderful complement to the middle school curriculum giving voice to diverse populations of the United States as the girls study American History. The students will also write and perform their own original works. The idea of using music as a force for social change is a powerful message for our students and the process of creating music will foster collaboration, skill building, and self-esteem. It will be a celebration of the creative process as a vehicle for healthy identity development for middle school girls.
The Sophia Sings program is expected to begin in early October twice a week and is being taught by Rebecca Mitchell of Girls Rock! Rhode Island. This program is open to all Sophia Academy students.
Sophia Academy is pleased to offer this new program as part of its expanded after school program. Now located in the new building on the Sister Mary Reilly Campus at 582 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, Sophia Academy is eager to explore new options for its after school program to include the arts. The renovated building provides great space for this exciting opportunity for our girls.