play / 2016

Robin Hoods of Rubbish for the LA LandfillHarmonics

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by T4T.org

The Robin Hoods of Rubbish are inspired by Paraguay's Landfill Harmonics to build intelligence in our youth using music, a proven builder of brainpower!


Are any other organizations collaborating on this proposal?

The Harmony Project

Please describe your project proposal.

Let’s create an LA LandfillHarmonics. Research confirms that music raises your IQ, so let’s start making music. We will gladly accept musical instruments from anyone who has one collecting dust. We will also work with engineers to create instruments out of up-cycled materials T4T has diverted from landfill. These instruments will inspire a cohort of students to become musically literate. Students who would otherwise not have an opportunity to learn a musical instrument or even hear a concert.

Which of the play metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs
  • Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • San Gabriel Valley
  • South LA
  • Antelope Valley
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to play?

T4T.org works to inspire the next generation of Scientists, Engineers, Artists, and Mathematicians. We do this using manufacturers clean waste. We nurture environmental stewardship in this generation by helping them see that not everything people think of as waste is waste. Not the time we spend on them or the material we use to make their music come to life. We want to increase the brain power in these future Scientists and Engineers through musical engagement. Music literally expands your brain. In a study of 48 preschoolers, musical engagement was found to increase their verbal IQ after only 20 days of music training. This increase was five times higher than the group that didn’t have the music training. Music enhances a child’s ability to plan, organize, strategize and solve problems. What the world needs are better problem solvers. Our orchestra will perform in local schools and parks.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

The music instructors and the students will evaluate our final outcome through pre-then-post surveys undertaken by the children involved in the making of instruments and the playing of those instruments. The instructors and engineers will also take part in the surveys and the outcomes will be published in open source libraries.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Volunteers
  • Advisors/board members
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles etc.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Quality improvement research