Refugee-Project from Berlin wins the 2018 Mulert Award
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY, JANUARY, 2018 - The German Fulbright Alumni Association is proud to announce that this year’s Jürgen Mulert Award on Mutual Understanding is bestowed to the project “Mit Mach Musik”. Bridget Kinneary, Fulbright alumni from the United States now based in Berlin and music director of the project is presented with the Mulert Award for her courage and vision of supporting refugee children in Berlin and developing intercultural understanding.
Mit Mach Musik is an organization which provides refugee children in Berlin with music instruction. Children learn basic elements of music such as singing and rhythm as well as the choice of instruments - violin, viola, cello, drums, and guitar. The focus of the organization is on group instruction. Therefore, children learn not only music but how to play together, work as a team, and overcome challenges as a group.
Bridget Kinneary is a Berlin based violist and conductor of student orchestras. She is a music director for the Mit Mach Musik Project, where she enjoys exercising her passion for music as a tool for developing intercultural understanding. Her Fulbright ETA grant (2016-2017) served as her impulse for moving to Berlin. She holds degrees in Music Education and Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from Oxford University.
The Jürgen Mulert Memorial Award on Mutual Understanding was established in 2010 in memory of Dr. Jürgen Mulert, scholar, poet, inventor and Acting Director General of the German-American Fulbright Program. The Mulert Award is given annually to volunteers, artists, professionals and researchers across disciplines, whose work reflects and advances discourse on peace through mutual understanding. Former Mulert Award recipients include Sherief El-Helaifi, Oksana Buzhdygan, and Jörg Wolf. The Award was presented on February 24, 2018, at the German Fulbright Alumni Association's annual Winter Ball in Hamburg, where Bridget Kinneary was a guest of honor.
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