ADST projects support theoretically sophisticated research or program development that has practical application to historical, cultural, political, social, economic, and/or public health issues affecting black communities. Of particular interest to the program is the development of projects that bridge ADST’s programmatic mission with the needs and concerns of black people living and working throughout Greater New Orleans and projects that provide for the cultivation of research skills among undergraduate students.
The HIV/AIDS Music Project fosters critical reflection, dialogue, and action aimed at encouraging young people to know their HIV-status; dispelling myths about HIV/AIDS; and eliminating stigma. The project is comprised of an electronic database featuring music in all genres by artists from throughout the world and a companion curriculum. The curriculum is tailored for instruction with 11th and 12th grade high school students and college freshmen and sophomores. The curriculum highlights the database’s multiple instructional benefits, including how it can be used to introduce theoretical issues relevant to the study of music and narrative. To schedule a training session in the use of the database and curriculum please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.