CMA Stories

Meet Teaching Artist Larkin Grimm!

Larkin Grimm is a NYC-based composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who bridges the worlds of folk, rock-n-roll, noise, and free jazz. She was born in a commune in Memphis, Tennessee and studied sculpture at Yale University. You can listen to Larkin’s music at and follow along at @larkingrimm. Share your thoughts on how art can change the world using the hashtag #CMACIVICKIDS!

What is civic engagement, in your own words?
Civic engagement means holding myself accountable for the well-being of my community, seeing my work as my contribution to the better world I want to live in.

Have you learned anything about your own practice or civic engagement through working with children?
I spent about 14 years focusing solely on my own work as a musician before I started teaching. Everything was about me and the fans. Touring constantly, I hardly had the opportunity to be a part of a community. Teaching was life-changing, and made me feel like a better person. Every day I come home from work with a sense that I made a positive difference in someone’s life, hopefully inspiring them to express themselves, take risks, and be creative.

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.



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