CREATING COMMUNITY THAT HEALS
Voices of Our City Choir
Voices of Our City Choir is transforming the perception and experience of homelessness through the healing power of the arts. We are building bridges, connecting diverse communities in positive ways through musical performance, advocacy, and education.
Founded in 2016 by San Diego musicians Steph Johnson and Nina Deering, Voices Of Our City Choir was created in response to the current housing crisis. The choir serves as a space for mutual aid and community building, as well as giving voice to San Diego's homeless community, past and present.
The choir showcases the abilities and powerful potential of each individual. Singing provides a positive sense of community and solidarity for those facing extreme hardships; singing reduces stress, heightens awareness, empowers minds, strengthens bodies and sets the stage for peace and healing. The love and support that is present at the rehearsals and performances helps choir members to regain hope, resocialize, and move forward in their lives.
One of our greatest achievements to date is that the choir has helped house more than 25 of our unsheltered singers. We have also assisted members with clothing, food, transportation, health services, and more thanks to the help of our donors, volunteers and case workers.
The Voices of Our City Choir has become an in-demand performance ensemble - sometimes with 15 performances in a single month. They have performed live on Fox TV and appeared on KPBS, NPR, PBS Newshour, the SD Union Tribune and more. The story of the choir was recently filmed for an upcoming one hour documentary film by noted filmmaker, Susan Polis Schutz. "The Homeless Chorus Speaks" is set to air on PBS in Spring 2018.
In 2018 we are expanding our outreach, advocacy and fundraising efforts, while continuing to build a powerful platform to address one of the defining crises of our city and our times.
Choir Practice every Friday at 11am to 12:30pm
Living Water Church
1550 Market St
San Diego CA 92101
(on the corner of Market and 16th)
Address: PO BOX 122241 San Diego, CA 92112
For more info and to get involved, please visit Voicesofourcity.org
Arts for Learning
Steph Johnson teaches a songwriting workshop that is offered through the Arts for Learning organization, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing music, storytelling and arts education to schools of all economic levels. Her songwriting workshop has been described as "inspiring" by students and teachers. Steph is also a part of a 4 person ensemble that worked together in 2015 to recreate and perform a unique interpretation of the classic, "Peter and the Wolf." Family-oriented fun involving a storyteller, dancer, costumes and music. If you would like to inquire about booking either the "Find Your Voice" songwriting workshop or a "Peter and the Wolf" performance at your local school, library or community center, please contact Sherrie Brown at for more info or visit www.artsforlearningsd.org .
San Diego Artists for Change
We are a group of musicians and artists fighting for social justice causes in our local communities. We utilize art and music to heal and uplift. To stay connected, please like our Facebook page to follow our projects in the community.
A free community Jam Session program that provides music opportunities to individuals with special needs in our community. Steph Johnson continues to volunteer with this organization and always invites you to bring your instrument and join in on the fun. They meet in three locations: Pt Loma, Carlsbad and El Cajon. For more info, please visit bandingtogethersd.org
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