Memory Tent: Songs of Love & Aging

A new TMY space celebrating the folklife of remembrance – all the ways we remember, grieve, and commemorate change and loss. This year’s installation, Songs of Love and Aging, honors the way music and culturally diverse, music-making traditions keep us connected across time and generations. Featuring performances, conversations, and sing-alongs!

Created in collaboration with University of Arizona ethnomusicologist, Dr. Jennie Gubner, this space invites festival-goers to reflect on the following questions:

How does music help us express love, strengthen bonds within families, and help us remember and celebrate those we’ve lost?
How can music keep our brains healthy as we age and help us reconnect with lost memories?
How do we build public communities of song across generations in Tucson?

A special exhibit showcases findings from Dr. Gubner’s Serenata Project, which gathered stories of music and serenades from elders in Tucson’s Spanish-speaking communities, films from her work with students who documented the value of personalized music in dementia care, and an invitation to participate in a new project she is building to create a story lab to promote creative aging and intergenerational music making in Tucson!

Dedicate a song on a public jukebox, share your own stories and love songs in the “Memory Chair,” and serenade someone on stage with a guitar or Karaoke.

See the full schedule here.

The Memory Tent 2022 is co-curated by:
Kimi Eisele, folklorist/writer/editor, Southwest Folklife Alliance
Dr. Jennie Gubner, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, applied intercultural arts research, and Latin American studies at University of Arizona

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