Creative Up-cycling!


Turning junk into musical instruments from Africa to America! This immersive program inspires students to creatively repurpose objects as they learn about a musical tradition that has spanned cultures and continents for centuries. Curtis Blues performs using a wide variety of “up-cycled” instruments made in Africa, South America, and the U.S., including traditional gourd instruments. Using the STEM engineering design process as a guide, Curtis teaches students about the long history of repurposing objects and how sustainable practices go far beyond current recycling methods. This musical and environmentally green program will inspire your students to “up-cycle” their own found objects using a creative musical tradition that has spanned the continents for centuries.

Price & Info


Assembly Price: $990

Assembly Two-in-a-Row Price: $1,335

Travel Fee: $75 per day


Audience Limit: 300

Program Length: 45 min.

Appropriate For Grade(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th



Arts Appreciation Month

Earth Week/Science Month

Music in the Schools Month

National Arts & Humanities Month

Curriculum Standards

Curriculum Standards


Visual & Performing Arts


Technical Requirements

Artist will bring his own sound system; needs access to power. Artist arrives one hour in advance to set up.