Scholars from Blackstone Valley Prep Join Parade and Musical Performance at the Providence Honk Festival
Cumberland, RI – Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Mayoral Academy scholars and families participated in a parade and collective performance of “This Land is Your Land” at the Providence Honk (PRONK) Festival on Monday, October 8. BVP Middle School Teacher Avi David served on the planning committee, specifically tasked with youth engagement and booking for the event.
The slogan for the festival was: “Reclaim the streets for horns, bikes and feet,” and this year’s theme was “This Land is Your Land,” in honor of the 100th birthday anniversary of songwriter Woody Guthrie. In anticipation of the event, teachers discussed the role that music can play in community development and social activism.
"Pronk is a one-of-a-kind music festival! Wild, wacky, creative and virtuosic musicians and dancers come from all over the world to perform free music in Providence,” said David. “Pronk is a festival of activist street bands- musicians who use their art form to strengthen communities, support nonprofit organizations and make the world a better place. This is an incredible opportunity to expose our scholars to a unique musical tradition, as well as for them to give back to the community and think about ways they can use music to transform their world.”
Scholars joined several other local schools and over 200 musicians and 14 international bands in performing a "larger-than-life" rendition of "This Land is Your Land."
PRONK (or, the Providence “Honkfest”) is a free street band festival held each year on the Monday of Columbus Day Weekend at India Point Park. The festival features street bands from all around the world, including New Orleans, California, Texas, New York, Canada, Rome and of course, Providence!
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