From This Moment On: Celebrating the Launch of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

By 
Rhoda Bernard
October 16, 2017
Launch event room Rhoda
Rhoda Darla Mboya Delfeayo
Rhoda Darla Cecil
Special Guests Musicians
Dozens of people turned out for the launch of Berklee's Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs on September 28.
From left: Rhoda Bernard, managing director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs; Darla Hanley, dean of the Professional Education Division; Mboya Marsalis; and Delfeayo Marsalis B.M. '89
From left: Darla Hanley, Rhoda Bernard, and Cecil Adderley, chair of the Music Education Department
From left: Mboya Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, alumnus Matt Savage, student Adam Walden, and Rosanne Walden
Image by Dave Green
Image by Dave Green
Image by Dave Green
Image by Dave Green

The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs celebrated its launch with a cocktail reception on September 28, 2017. The evening's program included brief remarks; a conversation with Berklee alumnus Delfeayo Marsalis and Rhoda Bernard, the institute's managing director; a reading of "As Song," a poem written for the occasion by Judson Evans, a professor in the Liberal Arts Department; and a toast to the new institute.

Special guests included:

  • Delfeayo Marsalis B.M. '89, trombonist and music producer
  • Mboya Marsalis, Delfeayo's brother who has autism
  • Matt Savage B.M. '12, pianist and composer who has autism
  • Adam Walden, Berklee student, cellist who has autism
  • Julie Burros, chief of arts and culture, Mayor Martin J. Walsh's Office of Arts and Culture
  • Kristen McCosh, disability commissioner for the city of Boston

Watch Rhoda Bernard, managing director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, speak at the launch: