Meet Project 440 Teaching Artist, Nozomi Imamura! Our interview highlights how and why he got involved with this organization, as well as an in-depth understanding of how he practices what he preaches to the next generation of social entrepreneurs.
Q: How did you get involved with Project 440, and what drew you to this organization?
I first started working as a teaching artist during Project 440’s summer music program at Philadelphia International Music Festival. And now I co-teach one of the curriculums called the Doing Good. To be completely honest, Joseph Conyers is one of my biggest inspirations as a musician, educator, and fitness enthusiast, and I wanted to have opportunities to work with him.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a Teaching Artist?
Being able to connect, mentor, and inspire people to open up their potential through music.
Q: Like most of the Project 440 staff, you wear many hats outside of your work as a Teaching Artist. Can you speak about what other projects/ensembles/organizations you are involved with outside of Project 440?
I am a Community Artist Fellow from the Curtis Institute of Music, and through the fellowship program I work as a band director at South Philadelphia High School and work closely with the Project HOME. I am also a regular substitute member for regional orchestras around Philadelphia.
Q: You have also worked in Japan as a performer; do you see a need for programs that Project 440 offer in Japanese society as well?
I have only performed in Japan for a few times, but seeing how community based projects and interactive performances are becoming more and more common and needed, I think it would be great to have curriculums that Project 440 offers in Japan.
Q: If you could give any advice to your high school self with regards to college applications and career choices, what would it be?
Be yourself and don’t try to fit in. When you find something you can be passionate about, take risks and pursue it!