Henry Cardenas has been selected as the 2016-17 M.C. Ginsberg Artist in Residence for the Iowa City Community School District. Mr. Cardenas will teach music production in each of the District’s 5th grade classes through the spring. Using music production software, students will learn how math concepts are crucial to constructing and designing tracks and loops. Students will create their own musical works using this technology.
This integration of the arts into instruction is the focus of the M.C. Ginsberg Artist in Residence program. Since 1991, the M. C. Ginsberg Jewelers Community Arts Program annually supports a local artist to work in each of the elementary schools in the district. Mark Ginsberg, owner of M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art and founder of the program believes, “The beauty of life is in discovery and learning how to apply art to solve problems and challenges of the sciences, math, reading and the written word, it should be a mandatory part of our children’s curriculum, not an elective. I believe that ART makes our education complete.”
Mr. Cardenas is a musician, music producer, audio engineer, and DJ, and is currently studying elementary education at the University of Iowa. Originally from New Rochelle, New York, then based in Brooklyn, he earned his certification in audio engineering from the Institute of Audio Research. Mr. Cardenas’ projects have included being involved in the New York City underground dance scene; releases on the Portuguese label, Enchufada; a collaboration at The New Museum; and work featured on E! and MTV2.