SAT. APRIL 2 | "The Power of Music in Conflict Transformation" featuring Aaron Shneyer, Ex
Following the 3:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion featuring Heartbeat Founder and Executive Director Aaron Shneyer and Heartbeat graduate musicians Dana Herz and Rasha Nahas.
HEARTBEAT unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build critical understanding, develop creative nonviolent tools for social change, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them. Founded in 2007 under a Fulbright-MTVu fellowship, Heartbeat transforms conflict by uniting Israeli and Palestinian youth to build critical understanding and harness the tools of music and popular media to become agents of change. Engaging in an ongoing music, dialogue, and empowerment process, Heartbeat youth musicians uncover their skills in creativity and leadership to imagine possibilities, ask questions, and publicly address systemic problems — partnering to build a safe, equitable future. Heartbeat’s core program, Heartbeat: Amplifying Youth Voices, focuses on the establishment and facilitation of two ensembles of young Palestinian and Israeli musicians (ages 14-22 years old) who come together weekly for sustained music-based dialogue programs in Haifa and Jerusalem. Meeting each week throughout the course of the school year, Heartbeat youth musicians co-create music and engage in facilitated dialogue to raise critical under- standing about the harsh realities surrounding them. The musicians then bring their eye-opening, inspiring music and understanding into their communities through concerts, workshops, and multimedia publications. All Heartbeat programs are over 95% scholarship-based, ensuring equal access to all. When musicians graduate from high school, they become members of the Heartbeat Graduate Program and continue their cooperative effort indefinitely. Currently, Heartbeat has two bands of Graduate musicians.
Aaron Shneyer is the Founder and Executive Director of Heartbeat, a nonprofit social enterprise using music to empower Israeli and Palestinian youth to transform conflict, which he launched in 2007 as a Fulbright-mtvU Fellow.
In 2005 he graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Anthropology and has since worked as a program leader and dialogue facilitator with various youth empowerment and civil society peace-building efforts. After living in Jerusalem for six years, in 2012 Aaron returned to Washington, DC, to complete a Masters degree in Social Enterprise at American University’s School of International Service, where he was also a Social Enterprise Fellow.
Aaron has performed and presented on the role of music and youth in conflict transformation at institutions across the US and Europe including Yale, Brown, Georgetown, Harvard, and other universities as well as the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, TEDxAmerican University, and the US Department of State. Aaron writes, produces, and performs with various music ensembles. More at www.heartbeat.fm