Special Event: From Negative to Positive, with Carolina Cambronero-Valera & Guests, Tuesday, 4/30, 5-8:30pm

306 Russell


Title: From Negative to Positive: Experiences of Harmony and Hope in Correctional Facilities


“From Negative To Positive” shines a light on the transformative effect the arts and community outreach can have on marginalized and challenged populations. Student Advocates for the Arts (SAA), in collaboration with the Youth Board of Music on the Inside, Inc. (MOTI), will host a panel discussion in conjunction with the Gallery Opening of Carolina Cambronero Varela’s eponymous photographic exhibition to demonstrate the power of music, art and the hands of others.


Carolina Cambronero Varela’s photographic exhibition “From Negative to Positive” at the Offit Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University (April 19- May 30, 2019) focuses on the Sisters of Saint Joseph as they foster unity and reconciliation and provide community support to accomplish their mission of education and social justice through the hands of others.


This enlightening panel will include, Ms. Cambronero along with:

Arturo O’Farrill, Featured Artist in MOTI prison programs 

Alina Bloomgarden, MOTI Founder/Executive Director 

Ann Jacobs, Director of the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice 

Richard Miller, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia and MOTI Teaching Artist

Antoinette Montague, MOTI Teaching Artist


Special guests will also include formerly incarcerated participants in MOTI prison music programs. Participants will share their experiences, raise awareness about the often-wasted talents and humanity of our large population of incarcerated youth and young adults and the value of the arts in creating confidence, new goals, and hope and safety for all concerned. 


Six-time Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill has long wanted to bring his music to prison populations and is now a featured artist in MOTI’s music programs in correctional facilities. Music on the Inside, Inc. (MOTI) was founded in December 2015, by Alina Bloomgarden, the originating producer of Jazz at Lincoln Center and MOTI Artistic Advisor, Wynton Marsalis, Jonathan Batiste, Dave Liebman and Mr.O’Farrill are among many leading jazz musicians committed to its mission of harmony and hope in criminal justice. MOTI programs include guitar, percussion and keyboard instruction, songwriting, and performance opportunities and are designed to strengthen social and emotional as well as musical skills and decrease recidivism rates. 


Student Advocates for the Arts (SAA). SAA was founded in 2002 by graduate students in the Arts Administration program at Columbia University, and currently has chapters in universities throughout the United States. Their mission is to empower emerging art leaders by serving as a platform for critical debate, resource sharing, and capacity building in arts advocacy. SAA takes on this responsibility through active and diverse programming, including art exhibitions, discussion panels, taking action with government officials, and raising their voice for the arts by collaborating with interdisciplinary organizations.


During today’s times of inequity and instability, “From Negative to Positive” provides a light on positive initiatives bringing diverse populations together for mutual benefit and enrichment.



Live Music: Everett Cafe (5-6pm)

Reception & Panel Talk: 306 Russell (6-8:30pm)

Exhibit: Offit Gallery, Third Floor (4/19 - 5/31)



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Last Updated: 3:16 pm, Monday, Mar 18 , 2019