Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project
The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo under the nonprofit Project: Music Heals Us, was a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. From August 2018-March 2020, it brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.
The posts below follow the highlights and arc of the original project and can help you trace the Novel Voices team's steps through their year and a half of travels - while also learning about the activities, strengths and specific needs of the organizations they partnered with and what they learned about ways anyone anywhere can get involved.
As an ambassador ensemble of Project: Music Heals Us (PMHU), the Carr-Petrova Duo is now heading the launch of PMHU's next phase of this project - Novel Voices Distance Learning. With this new phase, PMHU will be virtually returning to the places and people the original Novel Voices team visited by offering weekly digital music lessons, masterclasses, and teacher-training workshops to both young refugee musicians and as well as music organizations with limited access and resources across the globe.