Songs of Hope


Cultural Learning

Costa Rica KidsSongs of Hope™ participants enjoy a wide range of activities selected to entertain, educate, stimulate, and challenge. The project is justly famous for our unique and popular Getting-To-Know-You™ (GTKY™) sessions. There's no typical GTKY™.

One night, you might find yourself sitting with all the first-year Hopers™ in front of a giant pile of candies from countries worldwide. Taking turns with the other kids, you close your eyes, reach in, take a candy, unwrap it, pop it in your mouth, and then try to guess the country of origin. Sweet but spicy and hot? Does that mean Mexico? Or is that just a stereotype of Mexican food?

On another day, your roommates and you might be challenged to invent a short play based on a folk tale from one of your roommates’ countries and then present it to the all the other kids. On another night, the GTKY™ might be an inventive game looking at some causes of cultural differences. On another night, there's a wild and crazy cultural scavenger hunt.

Rehearsal and Performance

Children PerformingGetting the concert ready involves vocal rehearsals, dance sessions, percussion rehearsals, and many other forms of rehearsal and performance learning. The performances include:

  • Full Concerts
  • Smaller Arts-In-Service Performances
  • Concerts for Special Audiences
  • School Concerts
  • Music Workshops

Travel and Events

Songs of Hope enjoys the benefit of being located in the middle of a large, culturally vibrant metropolitan area. SOH participants have many chances to take advantage of different offerings in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. Each summer's project includes offerings like:

  • Kids Listening to MusicThe world-famous Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • The Walker Art Center
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • The Guthrie Theatre
  • The Minnesota History Center
  • Cathedral of St. Paul
  • Minnesota Capital Building
  • Prairie Island Mdewakanton Sioux Pow-wow
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Uptown Art Festival
  • Shakespeare in the Park series
  • Minnesota Center for Book Arts
  • University of Minnesota Raptor Center
  • Como Zoo
  • The Minnesota Zoo
  • The Minnesota Museum of American Art
  • Lark Toy Store
  • The National Eagle Center
  • Minnesota Twins professional baseball game
  • Minnesota Thunder professional soccer (football)
  • The Weisman Art Museum (University of Minnesota)
  • And many others