“Music became my voice, and it became the bridge to a larger culture.”

Dinorah Marquez
Program Director, Latino Arts Strings Program

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A Brief History of Arts Ambassadorships

In the mid 1950's, the U.S. State Department launched a program called Jazz Ambassadors with the goal of bringing U.S. music to the farthest reaches of the globe to help foster peace and understanding amongst cultures. This program was so successful that it has continued to grow and evolve into everything from basketball teams and authors to dance groups and bluegrass bands. Turns out, when you give artists from different cultures an opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other, they quickly find the innate commonalities we all share as humans.

Stories, Pictures and Video from BGA Travels

Below you can read about, see pictures and watch video of some of the many incredible experiences the Henhouse Prowlers have had overseas that have shaped the band’s sound, teaching and worldview. Check back often, as the band is overseas frequently and will be adding stories often. See where they will be next right here.