: Performances, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, master classes, residences, and collaborations with Arthur Hall and others.
For grades: All.
Geographic Area Served: All.
Teacher and Adult/Child Workshops: Mandatory, to benefit the total quality of the overall impact (long as well as short term) of the residency. Lists of resources are given in advance to create an atmosphere that the artist is more of a facilitator, or weaver in a patchwork quilt of individually-created patches. This strives to give a feeling of an entire school project as opposed to a single artist working with a few handfuls of students.
Community Residency Activities: The Rainbow Carnival works really well in a community residency with performances not only in different schools but also in libraries, brown bag noontime concerts, nursing homes, factories, and other community centers. All ages are encouraged to participate. A culminating parade can incorporate different community organizations from the non-profit to the local business community and feature the artists. Outreach programs for the differently abled and incarcerated are also encouraged.
Special Requirements: Dry, warm, safe stage areas, assistance setting up and breaking down, grounded electrical outlets, lighting when needed (colored sets, spotlights, etc. recommended but not essential).
T. J. Wheeler is a blues and jazz guitarist, vocalist, educator, and overall musical activist. As a soloist or with his band, T.J. takes his audience from Delta Blues to New Orleans second line jazz to his contemporary blues and jazz original compositions. His workshop/concert tour, "Hope, Heroes and the Blues" which earned him a grant from Ben & Jerry's Foundation, has been performed in inner city schools throughout the country and won him accolades from such diverse sources as the L.A. Times, The Memphis Blues Foundation, Face Magazine and the Boston Globe. A resident of NH since 1980, T.J. has performed at every major jazz, folk, and blues festival in the state and is Executive Director of Blues Bank Collective, whose focus is to show how blues can be used as a tool for positive social changes. TJ is a 1993 recipient of the WC Handy "Keeping the Blues Alive Award" in education. He also received a 1996 Individual Artist Fellowship from the NH State Council of the Arts.