Composer Merrill Collins has created a wide body of work that engages listeners and communities alike, with a heart-centered mission for global harmony and humanist evolution. A neoclassical musician out of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she built a diversity of musical styles playing for master classes with the Alvin Ailey Dance Co., Mark Morris Co., Joe Goode, Janice Garrett, Frank Shawl, Josie Moselie, as well as a series of collaborations with Duncan Dancer Mary Sano. She applied her knowledge of world music to creating music and community service projects for Montessori schools, YMCA School Age Child Care programs, private, paraochial, and public schools, and developed a human rights curricula that became the Pathways to Peace model for children's peace education still in use today with the United Nations. Three multimedia pieces and humanitarian projects that were produced internationally later became published as the We Agree! music books that teach about key world agreements: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Toward a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration. Merrill's works have been performed for the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, UNCHR Human Rights Day, Amnesty International, United Way, UN World Habitat Day, Earth Day. Her production of Minute of Silence was featured in three languages in a global broadcast for the International Day of Peace. Merrill received a Global Peace Song Award in 2016 for her composition "Every Man, Woman, and Child," which was included on the 2017 Project Peace on Earth compilation. Merrill is a voting member of the Grammy Foundation (NARAS), and her volumes of neoclassical piano music in collaboration with world class artists can be found on www.spiralingmusic.com, as well as on her live music site, www.merrillcollinsmusic.com.
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Kabir Sehgal started his class newspaper in second grade and has been writing ever since. A bestselling author of several books, he is also a jazz bassist and Grammy Award-winning producer. Kabir and his mother, Surishtha Sehgal, are a mother-son writing team whose books include Festival of Colors, illustrated by Vashti Harrison, and Seven Samosas and the New York Times bestselling A Bucket of Blessings, both illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong. He lives in Atlanta. To learn more about the Sehgals' books, visit Bucket.art.