Notes for Peace + Purpose Over Pain
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
PEACE BUILDER BIOGRAPHY
Launched in 2017 in partnership with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Notes for Peace engages Chicago parents who have lost children to gun violence and empowers them to write original songs of tribute. Each parent collaborates with fellows from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and teaching artists from The Irene Taylor Trust (London, England) to compose the songs, which are later recorded at Chicago Recording Company, performed live in a showcase concert, and posted to the Notes for Peace website. Since the project began, over fifty original songs honoring precious lives lost have been created. Notes for Peace is a program of the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Purpose Over Pain was formed in 2007 by several Chicago area mothers and fathers whose children were tragically taken by gun violence. These parents initially came together to support each other, but soon recognized the need to honor the lives of their children by creating a positive impact to stop the senseless violence primarily experienced by and carried out by young people (ages 14-24).
Purpose Over Pain programs include: Advocacy, Parent Support Days, Parent Bereavement Assistance, Safe Saturday Night 3-on-3 Basketball and Mentoring, as well as, addresses the community about the painful effects of gun violence by bringing awareness to common sense preventive solutions while providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for youth, parents and member of the community.
Additionally, Purpose Over Pain provides positive development activities for youth, advocate for and promote safe communities, and strengthen families by providing crisis support to parents/guardians whose children have been victims of gun violence.
DAILY PEACE ACTION
After hearing Christina’s story, please consider donating to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association’s fundraiser in partnership with Strides for Peace – 2020 Race Against Gun Violence, which supports Purpose Over Pain.