2006 McKnight Visiting Composer Program S u r Hyatt - Project Proposal tat ' / Project Proposal: Corrections Music Project Composer: Stuart Hyatt Community Partner: Minnesota Deparhnent of Corrections Overview: The Corrections Music Project will involve the composition, recording, and release of a new CD of original music2 The residency in Minneiota will be carried out d u ~ the winter of 2006 - g 2007 in iwo of the state's largest correctional facilities - St. Cloud and Moose Lake* Through a series of intensive workshops, I will be collaborating directly with inmates on the composition, arrangement, performance, and recording of new music. These workshops will be integrated into each facility's educational programs and will provide offenders the unique opportunity to express .themselves through-the arts. The finished CD will be a compelling sonic record of these workshops, combining per90nalr and emotional narrativ& with experimental on-location sound compositions. The CD's packaging will feature photographs, drawings, and hand-lettered items produced during the course of the residency. The Minnesota Department of Coriections is partnering on this project, and will supervise and direct all aspects of the residency. Project Partners: Minnesota Department of Corrections 1450 Energy Park Dr. St. Paul MN 55108 Marcie Sorenson Director of Education (651) 642-0244 email@example.com~te.mn.us Margaret Miller Facilities Services Division (651) @2-0245 ~ l l e r @ d ~ . s t a t e . m . u s St. Cloud Correctional Facility ,2305 Minnesota Boulevard S.E. St. Cloud, MN 56304 Patt Adair Warden (320) 240-3000 firstname.lastname@example.org 1000 Lake Shore Drive Moose Lake, MN 55767 Moose h k e Correctional F a c i l i ~ Terry Carlson Warden (218) 485-5000 email@example.com Technical Approach: I work using a portable mobile composition and recording studio. 1 will be setting up this studio for each session with the inmates. I will also provide all of the musical instruments necessary to create the music. Mostly, the sessions will focus on the creation of vocal narratives that may take the form of spoken word monologues, chants, song parts, or rap lyrics. Additionally, these words will form the conceptual foMdation for the music itself. Using multi-track recording software, I will be able to seamlessly integrate disparate parts from various sessions and performances to create a cohesive and finished arrangement. The specific instrumentation for a given piece of music will be determined by each inmate's personal writing style. The resulting music could contain elements of neoclassical, jazz, electronic, hip-hop, rocWpop, and spoken word. The schedule and placement of these workshops will be determined once funding has been approved. The Department of Corrections staff has also offered to provide assistance with my needs for transportation and lodging. Thematic Approach: Each inmate has a story to tell, and this project will focus on the personal rather than the political. Although the prison population is a diverse assemblage of races, religions, ages, and backgrounds, each offender shares the singular experience of being incarcerated. The individual stories that define this experience will guide the recordings - where they are from, how they got into prison, family life, mental and emotional health, concerns about the future, prison life, inter- inmate dynamics, etc. Although each individual will bring a unique set of stories to the project, the goal is to establish a macro thematic identity that will serve to balance the'disparate compositional styles. About The Minnesota ~epartment Corrections: of The mission statement of The Minnesota Department of Corrections is: To hold offenders accountable and offer opportunities for change while restoring justice for victims and contributing to a safer Minnesota. There are currently around 9,000 adult inmates in Minnesota facilities. These facilities offer a number of programs aimed at providing inmates opportunities for positive change. Vocational training is provided through MINNCOR Industries, in which inmates work to create 5800 different products for sale, including furniture, farm equipment, ' ' signage, transportation products, and much more: Educational opportunities include adult basic 'education, special education, high school diploma, GED, parenting, life skills, critical thinking skills, transitional and offender job placement. A foundation for correctional education has also been created to offer higher education opportunities within the facilities. At various times in the past, several facilities have developed arts programs for inmates, but most have been cut due to funding issues. About Stuart Hyatt. I am a contemporary public artist working with a variety of media across several disciplines. I create structures, images, environments, performances, videos, texts, and events. I also write and record music. The content and style of this music is completely determined by the conceptual framework of a given project. This framework is comprised of several important elements, including narrative, people, location, social/political climate, and intended audience. The resulting projects take many forms, but generally place importance on collaboration and originality, while balancing conceptual rigor with popular accessibility. In listening to the compositions included in this proposal, it should become evident that my work does not bear the heavy imprint of my personal tastes, but instead relies on the personalities of the participants and the spirit of their environment. The Clouds, for instance, was composed and recorded in the rural churches of Sumter county Alabama, one of the poorest communities in the south. In the case of New Car Sound, I composed on location in Nebraska City with a group of car salesmen. For Shrimp Attack, I wrote music with a group of developmentally disabled adults. This residency is a natural addition to my existing body of work and will not only provide me with tremendous personal opportunity for growth as an artist, but will yield a collection of material unlike anything else available. Conclusion: The administrative staff at the Minnesota Department of Corrections is extremely excited to see this project happen. They have been a valuable source of information and have already contributed several ideas to define the scope of this project. Because they do not currently have the budget to support it, we feel that the McKnight Visiting Composer Program may be our best source of possible funding. I welcome the challenge of composing music with this unique Minnesota population. Based on my track record of collaborating with underserved communities, I feel distinctly qualified to successfully carry out this residency. I look forward to this project, and thank you for your consideration.