Trenton Soundscapes is a project based in Trenton, New Jersey (USA) that is intended to document the diverse music-cultures of our city, and to explore the importance of its cultural institutions. Trenton Soundscapes will be on display at the at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, July - September 2011 as part of the local component to New Harmonies, a Museum on Main Street exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, on display from August to September.
Dr. James M. Day, adjunct professor of music at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), and students of his undergraduate course The Arts and the Community, led the Trenton Soundscapes project. To extend our reach and encourage community participation in the project, we partnered with Trenton Teen Leadership Corps (TTLC), an orgranization dedicated to encouraging teen residents of the Trenton area to become better citizens through communication, cooperation and service for the enrichment of our community.
Student team-based fieldwork is now complete and selected items will soon be on display at the Trenton City Museum, but you can view many examples here by clicking the "Stories" tab above. Projects range from explorations of musical identity, hidden talents, and memory, to local artists and organizations representing R&B, Afro-Cuban jazz, hip-hop and more.
Lastly, it is not too late to participate in this project yourself! If you are a Trenton, NJ area resident with a musical story to tell, please feel free to join PlaceStories by clicking "Join" at the top of this page and start creating your own story.
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