ART HAS THE POWER TO DRAMATICALLY TRANSFORM LIFE FOR THE BETTER.
EDEN ENGAGEMENT directly activates that power in young people, igniting their imagination into action to address the environmental challenges they face, and giving them a voice to help create a new “EDEN” for themselves and their community.
Partnering with ITAC, the world-wide network of artists who work in community and educational settings, we are creating a new approach to prove that touring can be a legitimate and powerful tool for change in communities through our work with children and young people across the globe.In every Eden tour city, we engage a local youth choir to take part in a series of arts-based environmental workshops. Each choir learns the Eden Anthem ‘Seeds of Hope’ to perform with Joyce DiDonato as the encore to her Eden concerts.
‘The fantastic opportunity our students had working with Joyce to rehearse and film the song they had written and their performances with her at one of the most prestigious London concert venues, has been a transformational experience.’
"The combination of bringing music and nature together was REVELATORY. I was amazed at the transformation in the children."
"I know that my singers are able to dream bigger as artists and human beings because of Joyce's warmth, encouragement, and support."
"I feel this EDEN experience allowed the students to really know the value of their own voices in community, and how art can be a medium to express what matters to them."
"I am now more appreciative of opera music because it is so beautiful. I also am now more appreciative of the gift trees provide for us"
To mark Take Action Global’s ‘Climate Action Day’, a new EDEN Anthem, ‘Endless Sky’, was premiered on 2nd November 2023 in a special video performance involving 500 young people who are just a small part of the growing ‘EDEN family’ of singers! The sheet music is available for free download at the bottom of the video.
ITAC designs and delivers EDEN Engagement, which has teaching artists in every tour city creatively engaging with young people in workshops (in some cities as many as a series of six) to raise their environmental awareness, knowledge, and sense of agency to make a difference with their actions.