PaoliFest is a music and art festival set in the foothills of Southern Indiana. It is an invitation to create community through extraordinary performances, collaborative art-making, and transformative experiences in the small town of Paoli, Indiana.
PaoliFest is a completely FREE annual event.
It is a direct challenge to the idea that great festivals should have high ticket prices, a celebration of expression, and a testament to the potential of a community that centers shared creative experiences as core values.
The Heartland Hustle is a 5k run/walk and community-created art exhibit, celebrating the intersection of movement and creativity. The race route is decorated by art projects created by local youth, adults, and professional artists. Founded in 2019 in partnership with So In Body, profits from the Heartland Hustle support PaoliFest.
Providing full and sliding scale scholarships for violin, viola and cello lessons for passionate young students.
This program provides funding for students anywhere in the world to have private violin, viola and cello lessons, both in person and online. Many students and their families are not in a financial position to afford private lessons; this new fund will cover all costs for students to study with world-class musicians, as well as provide tuition to music camps and supply strings, rosin and other necessary materials.
In partnership with violinist/violist Juliette Javaheri, we hope to provide scholarships for up to 20 students per year. We already have a waiting list of students interested in the program, and are currently able to support lessons for four students. The average annual cost for each student is $5,000.
In 2019 Let Music Speak commissioned a piece of public art inspired by the life and work of Margaret Hamilton, the computer scientist and lead engineer for NASA’s Apollo Program. Hamilton, a native of Paoli, Indiana, wrote the software code for Apollo 11, the mission that landed humanity on the moon. The painting, designed and created by New York-based artist Thomas Gleisner, was installed at the Orange County Recycling Co-op on April 10, 2019. Presented in partnership with Black Vulture Project.