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Music Appreciation

GDF Social Initiative - Fairfield County, USA

Our mission: Promote contemporary art through music and developing a social campaign, by exploring music’s various functionalities

to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for all types of music.


The Gabriela Dias Foundation partnered with Crescendo Music Darien and Sarah Lemieux for Music Appreciation Social Initiative. 


Our children from The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford explored different instruments such as Eukulele, Dulcimer and Cajón. 

They learned the differences in tuning, and sound as well as the places of origin of these unique instruments. 


Award winning Composer, Vocalist and Instructor Sarah Lemieux taught GDF kids about singing, its different elements and benefits. Voice ranges, techniques and composing their own song using rhyming and rhythm. 


Fun Facts: 


According to the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM Foundation), learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning and even increase SAT scores.


Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For both children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.

 Poetry Appreciation Week

GDF Social Initiative - Fairfield County, USA


Instructor/Volunteer: Audrey Camino-Jara


Our Mission: Promote education and participation through cognitive function and poetry created by GDF Children. 


Poetry is motivating and builds phonemic awareness, while enhancing the alphabetical principle, vocabulary, fluency, expression, and writing skills and the genre also has the potential to make reading a positive learning experience.

Poetry Appreciation Presentation: The children will use the skills and concepts they have learned about poetry throughout the week into creating their own and reading it to the class.

With young learners, it is infinitely more difficult to grasp the usage of voice variables. Reciting poetry helps place emphasis on the sound and the rhythm of language, thus building a child’s phonemic awareness and help to solidify a foundation for reading abilities.


Field Trip to the 

Brant Foundation Arts Study Center

GDF Social Initiative - Fairfield County, USA 

Our Mission: Expand imagination and adding depth to understanding, and opening new worlds of interest with

the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.


The Gabriela Dias Foundation partnered with The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT for a day of contemporary art exploring and creating. Children and youth enjoy being exposed to contemporary art as they easily get inspired with the projects they experience. The young girls explored the methods, techniques, materials and resources used by the artist Urs Fisher.


Fun Fact: The exhibit displayed at The Brant Foundation is, URS FISCHER: ERROR. A solo exhibition of works by Fischer from the last two decades. In Fischer’s works, the meaning lies within the very substances and processes of its making, whereby ideas become material and materials take on a life of their own. Sculptures are created through an elaborate aluminum casting process, roughly hewn in wood, or cast in wax only to melt away during the run of the exhibition. 



The girls had the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on learning experience, for a perfect confidence booster allowing them to develop the right kind of self-esteem and the “can do spirit”. 


About our partner:  The Brant Foundation has a mission to promote education and appreciation of contemporary art and design, by making works available to institutions and individuals for scholarly study and examination. The Brant Foundation offers a multitude of ongoing programs and events aimed to enhance and enrich the public’s experience with contemporary art. These programs are designed to facilitate art education, foster creative and scholarly development, and provide unique opportunities for anyone with an interest in contemporary art.

The Bruce Museum Field Trip 

GDF Social Initiative - Fairfield County, USA 


Mission: Expanding Imagination and adding depth to understanding, and opening new worlds of interest with

the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.

The Gabriela Dias Foundation partnered with The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT for a day of art and shark exploring. Children and youth enjoyed the exhibit Summer with the Averys, featuring landscapes, seascapes, beach scenes, and figural compositions taking an innovative approach to the superb work produced by the Avery family. Field trips to art museums teach children critical thinking, empathy, and other generally important skills and dispositions.


The kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford also got the chance to discuss and explore the exhibition Sharks! Where they got to know 20 different species, life-sized models, as well as compare and contrast jaws and teeth. Through an activity of Trivia, it got our kids engaged and motivated to learn more. 


Fun Fact: Having children visit Museums, teach them about subject-specific content and skills, expanding their general world knowledge. 


About our partner: The Bruce Museum is a community based, world-class institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. The permanent galleries feature the natural sciences that encompass regional to global perspectives.


SMART Girls Program

GDF Social Initiative 

Founder Gabriela Dias was a guest mentor at The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford SMART Girls program. Gabriela gave a session to 2nd and 3rd grade girls revolving around confidence and self-esteem enhancement. With group activities as well as individual, we encouraged positive thinking, and encouraged children to have a strong sense of self worth, which results in feeling competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and feel worthy of success and happiness.