Cornell W. Coley, M.Ed.
Arts & Diversity Educator, Therapeutic Drummer
Drum Circle Facilitator
Bandleader - Afrika Gente & VINTAGE
Africa, Caribbean, Brazil, US – Music, Dance & Culture
Drumming and Diversity Instructor
- K- 12 school, after-school, colleges, community centers, hospitals and medical centers
- therapeutic drum circles for schools, hospitals, clinics and youth centers
Cultural Curriculum Developer
- African Diaspora (scattering from the homeland) in the US, Caribbean, Mexico, South & Central America & Brazil
Solo Performer - "A Fascinating Rhythm" interactive program with drums & folkloric instruments, dance and songs - for all ages
Bandleader - "Afrika Gente" band --- Latin jazz, zouk, soca, soucous, afro-beat, jazz and samba
"VINTAGE" band - Latin, jazz & pop for senior living centers
“…A reflective, insightful individual who brings to his work in the arts, in education and in the community a genuine understanding of the creative process.”
Linda Beardsley, Massachusetts Department of Education
" ...fantastic and a great personality. Refocused the energy on the unit. Favorite by far! ... great job getting many of us out of our shell."
Butler Hospital, RI
"Exceeded my expectations! The audience participation component also made the performance especially memorable."
Brooke DiGiovanni Evans, Education Specialist, Peabody Essex Museum - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
"...I am not quite sure how you managed to get such a large array of novice percussionists and dancers to all work together...it was magic!... participation all the way from the back row!"
AAnn Hbrowshy - Worcester Public Library
CURRENT & COMING UP!
SOLO PERFORMANCE, WORKSHOPS 2013
"A Fascinating Rhythm"
Dorchester Academy November 22
Hyde Square Task Force
Musicians in Community (MIC) 2012 - Present
CLASS Inc. Wlimington & Andover Fall 2014 - Winter 2015
~ therapeutic drumming - adults with Autism
Boston Public Schools October 2014 - March 2015
~Edison Middle School
~ Wellfleet Green Beats Summer Program 2009 - Present
TODDLER & PRE-SCHOOL DRUM CIRCLES
Since 2005 ~ Toddler Drum Circle facilitator at Spontaneous Celebrations Community Center in Jamaica Plain, MA
*Cornell facilitates the last Saturday of each month - otherwise facilitated by Jaymz Purtle
~ also booking upon request~
Sparks for the Arts! Awards Ceremony - November 6
Hibernian Hall, Roxbury, MA
The Beating Heart: New Paintings by Maddu Huacuja - December 6
Black Indian Inn, Dorchester, MA
* Duo with Cornell Coley and Shaw Pong Liu (www.shawpong.com)