For the Daughters of Harlem: Working in Sound is a multi-year project inviting girls and young women of color from New York City’s public high schools to Columbia University to engage with music—as composers, improvisers, sound artists, and thinkers—under the guidance of faculty, graduate students, and invited workshop leaders. Columbia News covered the project with an article and video in December 2018.

A second iteration of the workshop took place on October 13 & 20, 2018, hosting thirteen young women from five New York City public high schools.

THNY Logohe October 2018 workshops were supported by an Action Grant from Humanities New York and a Public Outreach Grant from Columbia University’s Center for Science and Society. Additional funds from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Ethnomusicology, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, the Computer Music Center, the Department of Music, and the Center for the Study of Social Difference – Women Creating Change at Columbia University, as well as the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Barnard College make the event possible.


Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed by this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The inaugural Daughters workshop took place on April 28, 2018, funded by a seed grant from the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research at Columbia University, with additional funds from the Society of Fellows / Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University.caetr-header.jpg

Visit the Archive tab to learn more about the April 2018 workshop.