Why Music Matters: Seattle Artist Vivi Perez ‒ Music Teaches What School Can’t

photo by Tina LaPadula/Arts Corps

Vivi Perez was bored. She got good grades in high school, but she just didn’t care. Then one day, all that changed. She graduated high school thanks to the motivation she gained at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and youth-run record label, Youngstown Records.


Listen to her story:

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Check out our KEXP documentaries on Classrooms that Rock, alternative music in education.

Youngstown Records was also invited to the White House and to work on an exhibit at the Frye Art Museum. See a video about that project here:

Music used in this piece: “Intro” and “Everything is Everything” by Lauryn Hill, “Empty Blues” by Andrew Melnyk, and “American Dream” by Vivi Perez and Lynda Morales.

Special thanks to ArtsCorps. Youngstown Records is a partnership between Youngstown Cultural Art Center and Arts Corps.

More stories in the Why Music Matters story series.

Produced by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, 2010 AIR Live Interactive Resident. Editorial oversight by Kevin Cole. Engineering help by Matt Ogaz. Live Interactive is a collaboration of KEXP and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio with financial support from AIR members worldwide, Recovery.gov, and the National Endowment for the Arts which believe a great nation deserves great art.

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