AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Harambe
Project type(s) Fundraiser,Social Event
Date completed 2003
Chapter University of Minnesota Medical School (Twin Cities)
Project Coordinator Cuong Pham
Summary of project The vision of the “Harambe (Swahili for “Let’s all pull together”): Pulling together the community and medicine through the arts” show is to unite the surrounding community with the medical school through the awareness of the arts. Most of the performers will be from the community, but we also want to give medical students a venue to display their talents. Also we feel that it is important to expose the arts to medical students who are sometimes too busy to experience a variety of different cultures. Foremost we want everyone to know that this is not just about ethnic culture, but all types of cultures. The end goal is to “pull together” a sense of community within the medical school, university campus, and the surrounding neighborhoods. The Harambe Performing Arts Show is an opportunity to celebrate:

a. poetry, spoken word b. dance of any art form c. music d. short film e. paintings, crafts, and other still art forms f. international fashion show

Content area N/A
Number of participants 300
Participant hours involved hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $1180
Project funding AMSA grant,Medical school funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Videos, Posters, Flyers, Websites
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions We would strengthen the advertising to the community and move the date earlier in the school year when people are less stressed and are less busy.

Comments This event takes a lot of organizing, time, and coordination. We divided into 3 committees: Funding, Performance, and Advertising. Each committee had a leader. We had weekly meetings for 2 months. We had lots of door prize donations from local theater