Meet The Fellows...
(photo by Hugo Ludeņa, Latino Cultural Magazine)
Eduardo Mendonça - Jubilation 2012 retreat video
"The seed of compassion is already planted in our hearts," says Eduardo. "It's up to us to water."
Using music as a common language, Eduardo nourishes compassion for diversity by combining Brazilian entertainment with education. Born in Brazil and now living in the United States, Eduardo is a musician, composer, and master teaching artist with decades of experience in schools on both continents. He is a featured teaching artist for the Washington State Arts Commission, as well as a founding teaching artist for Arts Corps, which brings arts education to children in Seattle. His exceptional skills and enormous heart have affected thousands of people, including the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Pope John II.
"The way I work with kids is that I trust and listen to them," says Eduardo. "I want to make sure they all have a voice to make the place safe for them, and that everyone has fun."
A former principal of Escola Parque in Bahia-Brazil, a large K-12 school, Eduardo now directs an international performing ensemble, Show Brazil! "I want to help people understand the cultural diversity," he says. "We want people to know where the music comes from, where each rhythm is from."
"Eduardo is magic," says Alma Plancich, Executive Director of the Ethnic Heritage Council. She notes that while he seems to be playing Brazilian music, he's really teaching about cultural acceptance. Elizabeth Whitford, Executive Director of Arts Corps, agrees. "Teaching artists are a unique breed, but Eduardo is unparalleled."
With his Jubilation grant, Eduardo created transcriptions of his teaching curriculum, a study guide for music notation and rhythm boxes.
"We can make music with anything," says Eduardo, whose very first instrument was an empty soda can filled with rice. "The music will bring us all together."
Eduardo leads 18,000 in a beat for the Dalai Lama in Seattle 2008
Seattle Community Stories
My parents, Nelson Mandela, Neyde Aquino Rocha (my high school arts teacher), and many others who understand we can make a difference in the world
Eduardo is Reading:
and paying attention to what youths write
Eduardo is Listening to:
the heart (mine and others)
Eduardo is Looking and Watching:
for social justice and social changes