Next Wave Program and Schedule


8:00-8:30 am Registration and coffee

8:30-10:15 am Next Wave’s opening session will start with a welcome from Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brenda Cassellius. We will observe music and dance master classes featuring students and teachers from Conservatory Lab Charter School and Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School. More than simple performance, these experiences will demonstrate teaching and learning for artistic expression in action. This will be followed by a conversation on the power of music and the arts to build resilience with:

  • Moderator Dr. Lisa Wong, a physician and musician dedicated to life-long learning and healing through the arts. An international speaker on arts and health, she is a co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School and the Boston Arts Consortium for Health.

  • Three-time Grammy award winner, bassist, composer, vocal artist, and educator Esperanza Spalding, currently based in Boston as professor of practice in the department of music at Harvard University

  • Dr. Vikram Patel, professor of global health at Harvard Medical School and social medicine and psychiatrist whose work over the past two decades has focused on reducing the treatment gap for mental disorders in low resource countries 

  • Violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu, who engages diverse communities through multidisciplinary collaborations, creative music and social dialogue.

10:15-10:30 am Break

10:30 am-12:00 pm Workshop Block 1

12:00-1:15 pm We will serve lunch onsite (you may indicate your dietary needs and preferences when you register for Next Wave). We’re excited to offer an opportunity to eat lunch with one of our featured participants, many of whom have graciously agreed to lead conversation about their lives and work. Registered Next Wave participants will have the opportunity to book a seat at the lunch table of their choice on October 4.

1:15-2:45 pm Workshop Block 2

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:45 pm  Next Wave’s closing session will feature an extraordinary interactive musical laboratory with a full orchestra led by artist, educator and facilitator Aithan Shapira. Experience first-hand how the arts can develop future workplace skills for adapting to change: collaborative sense-making, managing complexity, and listening to lead.

As a concluding grace note, genre-defying musician Zakiyyah will perform.

A Thank You to Our Sponsors

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