In October 2014 Villa Musica officially opened its first satellite site at the Logan Heights Library, located in one of the region’s most ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Since then, Villa Musica has opened another site at the Malcolm X Library in Valencia Park (Spring 2017) and most recently satellite #3 opened at the College-Rolando Library (Spring 2020).
Villa Musica’s Satellite network gives local youth a place to go after school where they can direct their energy toward something positive, with engaging role models who provide the opportunity to succeed at something creative and challenging. Programming at these Satellite sites also offers adults the opportunity to actively engage in the arts, fostering creativity, self-esteem, and community unity. While mastery of skills and improved playing are important, they are not the only goal. More important is that participants are inspired to learn new skills, in a nurturing environment, while having fun! Classes have been designed in conjunction with Villa Musica’s teaching artists, library staff and most importantly student/family input.
It is anticipated that the Satellite Community Music Initiative will be an ongoing resource for each community, enabling all participants to access quality arts education regardless of background or ability to pay. As the program evolves, Villa Musica intends to add new classes, summer camps and performance opportunities as needed and/or as space allows. Satellite staff have been extremely proactive in spreading the word about the programs, making space available for classes and performances and helping with communication and registration.