The Rhapsody Project is a community that explores and celebrates music, heritage, and culture through an anti-racist lens.
Our Roots in Cultural Equity
At Rhapsody, we believe:
Addressing racism is essential to establishing cultural equity.
To establish cultural equity, we must not only acknowledge, but address the ongoing effects of historic injustice.
By giving people the space to explore their own cultures, and root themselves in the layers of their identity, The Rhapsody Project provides tools for people to explore their heritage.
Confronting oppression begins with addressing its effect on our own bodies. Only then, can we begin to cultivate an equitable community that effectively confronts the interlocking systems of oppression.
Patriarchy, sexism, deregulated capitalism, consumerism, and persecution of queer people are examples of the systems that help reinforce racism.
We interrupt, address, and work to transform these systems through our music, gatherings, programs, and frameworks, often starting with our Layers of Heritage.
The Rhapsody Project’s paid interns are funded and embedded in the development of our organization—especially as we pivot from the pandemic to the new world. In addition to conducting independent projects exploring personal and cultural heritage, our interns are running TRP’s social media accounts and learning bankable skills as they prepare to join the cultural workforce.
The Centrum Foundation's Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival has partnered with the Rhapsody Project to bring young people from historically marginalized communities to the Acoustic Blues & Fiddle Tunes workshops. Our Rhapsody Songsters are given the opportunity to study with internationally renowned blues masters, facilitated by our instructors and chaperones...
American music contains powerful lessons for understanding and addressing systemic oppression in our country. Focusing on the stories of marginalized musicians, each week of this class explores the lessons of a different artist and their music. Participants take part in guided discussions designed to recognize bias in one’s community and society, as well as effective strategies for confronting issues of race and social justice in personal and professional life.