ABOUT WALL OF SONG

A unique blend of video, performance, song, athlete activism and civic engagement, The Wall of Song Project is a collaborative art and social singing software platform that draws together the voices of fans, students, athletes, and community allies in a generative and mediagenic cycle of public collective singing rituals, participatory video/choral works, sports stadia*/cathedral singing* performances, civic singing interventions, and calls-to-action*—creating a growing “Wall of Song.”

This project asks questions: How might we build upon ways that collective singing rituals can embolden our voices to work towards a more equitable, democratic, and racially just community? How we might we collaborate to create singing rituals and ‘sporting anthems’ to harness our voices together and build fan and civic engagement in women’s athletics and female-identified sports? And how might we draw upon poetic and pragmatic action in participatory civic singing interventions as a bridge to social change in this moment of deep uncertainty, systemic oppression, and personal and political melancholia—after the song is over?

Launched on Inauguration Day, 2017 simultaneously in Washington, D.C and at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Wall of Song’s first project, gathered hundreds of voices together online in a massed singing of Leonard Cohen’s HALELUJAH as part of a series of evolving participatory video installations and live singing events that traveled widely, including a 25’ video installation at live singing event at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

Wall of Song’s current ongoing project, FEELING GOOD invites fans, athletes, students, staff, and community allies to sing Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ as part of a series of collaborative sport stadia singing performances, participatory video installations, and calls to action. FEELING GOOD launched at San José State, the birthplace of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, on February 24th, 2020 as part of an SJSU Women’s Basketball Game half-time participatory performance in concert with National Girls and Women in Sports Day and many other campuses, community affinity groups, cultural partners and participants. Share your voice and join our cause here the ISSSSC’s Words to Action motto #SJSUWordstoAction #LeadHerForward.  

If you are interested in exhibiting one of our participatory video installations and/or would like to screen or host one of our collaborative performances, please contact us here. We welcome your feedback about how we can further uplift the voices of the BIPOC women and non-binary athletes of color, support Black Lives Matter, and center the voices of Black womxn and girls in sports and society.

It’s a new dawn / It’s a new day / It’s a new life / For me /

And I’m feeling good / I’m feeling good

— Nina Simone’s Feeling Good

ORGANIZERS

Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique

Executive Director for the ISSSSC
Associate Professor Department of African American Studies, SJSU

ORGANIZERS

Mel Day

Artist, filmmaker, co-founder of The Wall of Song Project.
Interdisciplinary Art Lecturer, College of Humanities & the Arts, SJSU, CA

COLLABORATORS

Dr. Craig McKenzie

Assistant Director of Bands
SJSU Director of Athletic Band

COLLABORATORS

Bonnie Sugiyama

SJSU Director of the PRIDE Center & Gender Equity Center

Joshua Moon

SJSU Promotions & Fan Experience Coordinator

Ryan O’Rorke

SJSU Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, Digital Media and Licensing

Dr. Corie Brown

Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, SJSU

Dr. Jeffery Benson

Associate Professor,
Music & Dance

Director of Choral Activities

Justin Edwards

Kiki Wu

Graduate Assistant

Raymond Lam

Undergraduate Assistant

Leily Khatibi

Graduate Consultant

Woman, Athlete, Natasha Harris

Natasha Harris

SJSU Woman’s Soccer, Film Interviewee
beth doyle, woman, glasses, portrait

Beth Doyle

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director – Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change (ISSSSC)
Woman, Athlete, Natasha Harris

Juyoung Ku

 San Franciso based interdisciplinary neo-expressionist.

THANK YOU FOR

ADDING YOUR VOICE

We welcome your questions, comments, and input. Please contact us for more info.

 

ART COLLABORATION

Please contact artist Mel Day at the right form.

 

MEDIA RELATION

MAIL: admin@wallofsongproject.com