Archive - Jazz for Water

I just wanted to remind everyone about the concert on Friday the 2nd.

Here are some pictures to remind us why we are doing this.


carrying water


Imagine a world without safe water flowing from the tap. Then, imagine that every morning you had to get up at the crack of dawn and walk for miles down uneven paths to a watering hole to collect your family’s water. Finally, imagine the state of this water: filthy, with flies buzzing around and wild animals drinking from the same source. This is a daily occurrence for more than one billion people on our planet.

First-year seminar students in Professor Nicola Tynan’s class on “Wealth, Poverty, and Global Development” helped to organize the appearance of Jazz for Peace musicians as a complementary project to the material they have been studying in class. Prof. Tynan said that, “organizing this concert has allowed students to go beyond learning about poverty in class to doing something to help.”

The benefit organization Jazz for Peace will be holding a jazz concert at Dickinson College in the Anita Tuvin Schlector Auditorium (ATS) on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. to raise money for WaterAid, an international non-governmental organization that helps provide fresh water, sanitation, and hygiene education developing countries in the world.
All tickets purchased will support WaterAid programs, which help “local organizations set up low cost, sustainable projects using appropriate technology that can be managed by the community itself.” WaterAid seeks “to influence the policies of other key organizations, such as governments, to secure and protect the right of poor people to safe, affordable water and sanitation services,” according to their website,

The performers of Jazz for Peace, featuring Rick DellaRatta, are jazz musicians of various backgrounds who perform together in benefit concerts to raise funds for nonprofit organizations around the world and to unite different people and cultures. The first concert was held at the United Nations in New York in 2002, and since then, Jazz for Peace has played in most major cities across the United States and has raised money for over 300 organizations.

Event tickets sold in advance cost $12.50 for students and $25 for non-students; at the door, tickets will be $15 for students and $30 for non-students. All tickets are tax-deductable. For more information, contact Nicola Tynan in the Economics Department ( Tickets will be available in the HUB on from November 22 until December 2. Checks can be made payable to Dickinson College.