Cartagena Musical & Cultural Exchange

$2,195 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 34 months




These six young men come from the poorest neighborhoods on the outskirts of Cartagena, Colombia but they hope to leave their country for the first time for this project. Change six Colombian musicians' lives by funding their airfare to the states for a Musical and Cultural Exchange at the University of Richmond. This partnership was made possible by a Richmond based non-profit called Fundación Tocando Puertas para Abrir Futuros (Knocking on Doors to Open Futures Foundation).

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In October 2013, nine students from the University of Richmond Symphony Orchestra traveled to Cartagena, Colombia to participate in an orchestra festival sponsored by the Fundación Tocando Puertas para Abrir Futuros (Knocking on Doors to Open Futures Foundation), whose aim is to unite people through music and provide opportunities to underprivileged students in Cartagena to help them achieve their dreams. In Cartagena the students from the University of Richmond taught master classes, donated instruments, performed concerts, and most importantly, forged lifelong friendships with the musicians there through the unifying power of music.

Now, six musicians from the Foundation in Cartagena are seeking an opportunity to reciprocate the musical and cultural exchange by traveling to the United States in March-April 2014. The sextet hopes to share their musical talents around Richmond and other areas in the U.S., as well as build upon the friendships established in Cartagena.

Please consider donating to this life-changing cause! Any donation toward helping us reach our $5,000 goal will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your consideration and generosity!

(Visit www.richmond.edu/cartagena to read more about the trip to Cartagena.)


THIS IS AN INDEPENDENT, STUDENT-INITIATED FUNDRAISING DRIVE.





En octubre 2013, nueve estudiantes de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Richmond viajaron a Cartagena, Colombia para participar en un festival de orquestas organizado por la Fundación Tocando Puertas para Abrir Futuros, cuya meta es unir a la gente a través de la música y "darle una oportunidad a los estudiantes de recursos limitados a alcanzar sus sueños, realizarse como persona y vivir con dignidad". En Cartagena los estudiantes de la Universidad de Richmond enseñaron clases magistrales, donaron instrumentos, tocaron en conciertos y, lo que es más importante, fundaron amistades eternas con los músicos cartaginenses por el poder unificador de la música.

Ahora, seis músicos de la Fundación en Cartagena buscan una oportunidad de continuar el intercambio musical y cultural por viajar a los Estados Unidos en marzo-abril 2014. El sexteto quiere compartir sus talentos musicales en Richmond, Virginia y en otros lugares en los EEUU, además de consolidar las amistades que establecieron en Cartagena.

¡Por favor considere contribuir con esta causa maravillosa y transformativa! Agradecemos cualquiera donación que nos ayude a alcanzar nuestra meta de $10.000.000. ¡Gracias por su consideración y generosidad!

(Visite www.richmond.edu/cartagena para leer más sobre el viaje a Cartagena.)

ESTA INICIATIVA ES ORGANIZADA INDEPENDIENTEMENTE Y DIRIGIDA POR ESTUDIANTES.


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Update 5
29 months ago
Hello All!! Can't believe we have made it to this day. Tonight in Booker Hall of Music we will have the UR CARTAGENA SHOWCASE CONCERT. Look what you all made possible. 7:30 pm tonight free concert in Booker Hall of Music featuring the Tocando Puertas Para Abrir Futuros Sextet with the UR Symphony Orchestra. The second half of the concert will feature Colombian numbers including the COLOMBIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM. It will be an unforgettable night of musical and cultural exchange. Hope to see you there so we can thank you in person with a following reception, awards ceremony, and thank you letter reading ceremony.

You have truly changes hundreds of lives with your contributions as the last week and half on campus has included a meeting with President Ayers and Richmond History lesson, performing in the International Commons with an open house with Spanish Department, salsa lessons for on campus dance groups, social hang outs with Spanish clubs on campus, great meals in the dining hall, orchestra rehearsals, the Richmond Opera's performance of Carmen, a tour of the Capital, tour of University of Richmond, a physics class demonstration, performed on Music Department's Repertoire Class and so much more!!

Please join us tonight for an unforgettable evening centered around the power of music.
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Update 4
31 months ago
Good Evening All!

Amazing news: The Colombian Musicians today went to the embassy to get their visas in Bogota to come to America.

Early next week I will work towards securing their round-trip airfare to the United States! Stay tuned to the future UR Cartagena project events with the UR Symphony Orchestra's Concert as a staple of the project cultural exchange on Wednesday April 9th, 2014. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for a detailed schedule of the UR Cartagena project running roughly from April 4th-14th in Richmond, VA.

Thank you all for your amazing support and the indescribable role you have played in changing many lives through the power of music and international diplomacy.

Sincerely,

Project Head Cristina Adelia Meehan & UR Cartagena Members
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Update 3
32 months ago
Good Morning All!! I want to thank you all dearly for your continued support of the UR Cartagena Project. Our current total is at $3,288 with departmental money cash donations and the donations here on this website. We still need more donations to get to our goal here on the website so would love to get your help today. The goal new goal is being raise to $4000 from gofundme.
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Update 2
33 months ago
$5 tonight!
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$2,195 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 34 months
Created November 5, 2013
HN
$50
Henry Nebel
30 months ago
$10
Anonymous
32 months ago
EM
$10
Emma Materne
32 months ago
CM
$100
Cindy McGuire
32 months ago

This donation is made on behalf of the entire Westhampton College Dean's Office!

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PP
$25
Phil Pollack
33 months ago
LR
$25
Lisa Van Riper
33 months ago

So proud of our talented UR students and their work on the Exchange!

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MM
$10
Molly Mepyans
33 months ago

You go girl!!! Happy Birthday Christina!!!

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Aastha Minocha
33 months ago
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Debra Hardy
33 months ago
$50
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33 months ago
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