Highfields’ music studio has helped many at-risk students since opening in 2017, thanks to the James and Kimberly Currie Foundation.
Three years later, the original placement of the music studio is no longer safe due to the age of the structure. Now, thanks to the Currie Foundation’s continued support, Highfields was able to move the studio to a repurposed space inside a classroom.
“The hip hop program has always been one of our most exciting groups,” said Chris Jurasek, Interim Residential Director. “The students really engage in the process and with the content.”
Students participating in the music program are able to address their past trauma in a new and meaningful way. With the new studio, students will be able to write and perform their work in a safe environment.
“We’re looking forward to providing the students with a creative outlet in this difficult time and enriching their program with a fun and interesting way to provide treatment,” said Jurasek.
While students enjoy making their own music, they’re also working through their own personal struggles. Timothy’s verse is a great example of how the music program helps students express themselves and recognize the help they need to build a brighter future.
“I’ve sinned all my life; yes I’m far from a pope.
I pour my heart into this pencil, because it’s the only way to cope.”
Progress for rebuilding was slowed early on due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Highfields’ facilities team has been working carefully and diligently to get the studio up and running as soon as possible.
“We’re incredibly excited to get the music studio back up and running. The brand new facilities will only make the program that much better,” said Jurasek.