Guitarist Susan McDonald

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Remember the River

In the midst of conflict, Beauty and Creativity cannot be silenced


Inspired by her experiences working with artists from Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon, Susan has partnered with Houston-based Fine Arts Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to create Remember the River.
The mission of Remember the River is to support artists in regions of conflict or isolation through performances, education, mentorship and donations of musical instruments and art supplies.
Through her work with YES Academies in Iraq and Lebanon, Susan has established connections with individuals and NGOs in the region which help to facilitate her work inspiring, supporting and protecting artists who are in danger.
Remember the River has facilitated the donations of instruments to musicians in Mosul after the fall of ISIS and has helped to start music programs in northern Iraq and for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  

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