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22 December 2020

More Than Hope 2.0 with Afa Dworkin, Regina Carter and Leyla McCalla 1/12/21

If not us, who? If not now, when? (John Lewis)

A 1-hour online conversation with Afa Dworkin, Regina Carter and Leyla McCalla about using music to learn, reflect and act for racial justice.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 2pm to 3pm

Young Tradition Vermont Facebook page

Presented by Young Tradition Vermont with The Flynn, Integrated Arts Academy, Music for Sprouts, The Turrell Fund, The UVM Lane Series, The Vermont Folklife Center, Vermont Violins, The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, & other community partners.

Free access on Young Tradition Vermont’s Facebook page, donations accepted at

This one-hour conversation will feature a ‘Dream Team’ of 3 women who, with Vermont host Hannah Assefa, will discuss the role of music in moving from statements of solidarity to action for individuals, organizations and systems committed to racial justice.

  • Afa Dworkin is an accomplished Violinist and President and Artistic Director of the Sphinx Organization
  • Leyla McCalla is a Cellist, Composer and a Grammy Award-winning member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Solo-Artist
  • Regina Carter is a Violinist, a multi-Grammy nominee and a MacArthur Fellow
  • Hannah Assefa (host) is a Young Tradition Vermont board member, an educator and accomplished Fiddler

‘More Than Hope’ is part of holding regular conversations about racial justice. We are setting aside time for these conversations, to hear ourselves, and to hear from others.

Afa, Regina and Leyla will help us consider making black and brown artists and their work part of what is presented to young musicians and dancers, and part of what they are inspired about, learn from, include in their performances, and use to serve their communities.

We invite others to join us as we listen for ideas and principles that can be useful in attempts to be diverse, inclusive and equitable. These topics with guests like Afa, Regina and Leyla gives us time to understand, reflect and decide to take meaningful action. ‘More Than Hope’ allows us hear about, think about and focus on ways we can include our values about racial justice in what we do with and for children and youth.