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Support our Pillars of Pan Fundraising Campaign!

In 2020 we plan to expand our Pillars of Pan (POP) program which we piloted this year. POP expands the programming to include the original vision of Barrels to Beethoven by equipping a class of young people and adults to be competent champions of the steelpan, Afro-Caribbean culture, music, and their community. In the Caribbean, the steelpan is a means of expression, creativity, innovation, competition, celebration, and connection. The steel band movement did not begin as just a way for Afro-Caribbean people to make music, but to also challenge a society and its economically- and culturally-oppressive systems. After the banning of many instrumental art forms and cultural rituals specific to Afro-Caribbean people, the steelpan was developed as a near perfect representation of a colonized but resilient people, using both rhythm and melodic tones to create music.

With this, we’ll launch: the Pan Builders Apprenticeship program, expand the Barrels to Beethoven Youth Ensemble, and increase our in-school programs and educational  workshops. In order to do this, we will continue to work with community partners to expand programs and increase the number of people, especially youth, who learn about the instrument. 

Please consider supporting our Pillars of Pan Fundraising Campaign! Our goal is to raise $15,000 over the next 60 days.

We’ll use these funds to:

  • Expand into a larger education space
  • Pilot the Pan Builders Apprenticeship Program
  • Increase programs in Wilkinsburg and surrounding areas

Here’s how you can help:

  • Make a contribution through the donate button below
  • Connect us to a great partner in your community
  • Sponsor a program through your business
  • Host a team building or group workshop
  • Share our story!