In 2021 Intersection became a partner organization in the Lullaby Project, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), working with over 30 arts organizations worldwide. Lullaby pairs parents with professional artists to create and sing their own personal lullabies for their babies.
Mothers in the program share their unique voices through music as they tell their stories. Their songs connect them to partners, family members, and other mothers, helping strengthen social networks. As mothers sing their lullabies to their child, they strengthen bonds and expose children to new vocabulary, wordplay, and vivid imagery at a time when they are acquiring language.
For the first phase of the program, Intersection is working with the artist Kyshona Armstrong and 10 new or expecting mothers at Renewal House. Future phases will expand to diverse families and locations across Nashville. Other Lullaby programs have taken place in healthcare settings, homeless shelters, foster care, and correctional facilities, and have engaged artists with styles as diverse as Fiona Apple, Angélique Kidjo, and Joyce DiDonato.
Learn more at the Lullaby Project website.
Lullabies are not just for babies. The music and lyrics resonate, affecting everyone involved: parents, grandparents, musicians, and caregivers.
The initial artist for the Lullaby Project is the Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kyshona Armstrong. With a degree in music therapy and over 10 years of songwriting experience, Kyshona has merged her two worlds to focus on one mission: To be a voice and a vessel for those that feel lost, forgotten, silenced and who are hurting.
As a songwriter, Kyshona has worked with adults and youth experiencing homelessness, incarceration, trauma, and isolation. Through her “Your Song” program, she helps people with or without musical experience find their voice and their own song.
She has led multiple songwriting groups through the YWCA’s Girls LEAD! program in Dayton, Ohio, the Mighty Writers program in Philadelphia, and individual 1:1 songwriting sessions with veterans through the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Learn more about Kyshona.
Renewal House provides specialized addiction treatment to women and their children. They are the only long-term family residential program in Middle Tennessee that treats women and their children together. They offer evidence-based, trauma-informed programs that build positive parenting skills, family nurturing and childhood brain development. Since 1996, Renewal House has served more than 6,000 women and children through our programs.