Choral/Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Photography, Media Arts
Adult Day Care, After School Program, Assisted Living, College/University, Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Correctional Facilities, Hospice, Hospital, Independent Living, K-12 Schools, Library, Nursing Home, Rehabilitation Center, Senior Center
Alan Núñez has worked as an administrator, evaluator and teaching artist with various institutions, including New York City Opera, Juilliard and New York and New Jersey State Councils on the Arts. He has presented at VSA: Intersections in Washington, D.C. on Universal Design for Learning, as well as other conferences. As founder of Boundless Learners (formerly Boundless Percussion), Alan has worked in general and special-needs classrooms for more than a decade with NYC-based organizations including DreamYard, Lifetime Arts and Marquis Studios.
He is also a digital media teaching artist, having provided professional development for ArtsWestchester, the New York City Department of Education and the New York and New Jersey State Councils on the Arts. In 2013, he was an inaugural member of the first City Lore Documentary Institute. He is on staff at Mannes School of Music and Andover Breaf Loaf, a summer workshop for students and progressively-minded educators.
I have worked extensively in both musical performance (world percussion) and arts and technology (podcasting, blogs, digital photo editing, digital video editing). This has been both as a teaching artist and professional development provider. My students and I have had wonderful experiences working in the field of creative aging and I am interested in doing much more.
The combination of digital media and older adults sounds can come across as counter-intuitive to many, but I feel that there couldn't be a better match. To use new ways of telling stories, we have to find the stories in the first place. Tapping into our own narratives is not an old or a young thing. It's a human thing and I'm looking forward to helping get those stories out and putting them out there in a thoughtful and meaningful way.
As far as with teaching music, it's been a long-held dream to create a taiko ensemble with mature adults. Taiko is drumming music from Japan and is a form of art-making that fosters both a sense of community and individuality. With taiko, and percussion in general, we can create a learning environment that is both inter-generational and cross cultural, tapping into the life-long learner in us all.