Sarah E.R. Grosman, Community Programs Manager
Describe your role at TBMS: As Community Programs Manager, I oversee all non-tuition bearing initiatives, including public school residencies, the Saturday Music Project (a full-scholarship music program for middle schoolers with a passion for music but limited access to formal training), creative aging programming for senior citizens, community concert series, and all community partnerships. My personal mission is to help people of all ages succeed where they thought they couldn't and avail themselves of their birthrights to an excellent education, fulfilling creative expression, and the opportunity to self-determine their own futures. My work at TBMS allows me to advance this mission every day through the support of and advocacy for all our community programs.
Why is music important to you? Music helps us understand and rearrange the vibrating, sometimes jagged, sometimes pervious pieces inside of us and helps us figure out the way those pieces of our souls are meant to fit together. Playing music helps us make sense of our existence, express ourselves and our feelings when words fall short, and understand things with our hearts when we can't with our ideas.
What is your background? Before joining TBMS, I was a founding staff member and community organizer for Public Works, the participatory theater program at The Public Theater. My time there focused on designing, developing, and producing a program that provides access, creative space, and a persistent community for thousands of people of all backgrounds and across all five boroughs of New York City.
I also work for Zara Aina, an international NGO working to develop sustainable community-based theater and social justice programs for children through collaborations with community organizations in Madagascar and the United States.
I have a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and am a founding member of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform's Global Cultural Leadership Program through the European Union.