Yoko Ono Announces NYC Public School Residency for John Lennon Tour Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to attend "school" in New York City.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus—which has offered hands-on pro audio, video, and broadcast experiences for students of all ages since 1998, comes to New York City for stops at public schools in each of the five boroughs culminating on Lennon’s birthday, October 9. The legendary songwriter, poet, artist, and activist would have been 74.

“This project would have made John so proud. It was born from John's love and the strong wishes of kids all over the world. I am very happy!” - Yoko Ono Lennon

The Lennon Bus is made possible by the generosity and support of Yoko Ono Lennon, who will be present on September 15, 2014, when the mobile studio will arrive at Manhattan’s PS 171 to kick off the New York City residency.

The bus tour of New York is presented in association with the NAMM Foundation and the Amp Up NYC initiative, which is a partnership between The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), national nonprofit Little Kids Rock, and Berklee College of Music.

Students onboard the Lennon Bus will receive an exclusive look into the latest in music products, audio, video, and broadcast technologies, and hear first hand from the engineers who live and work on board the multi-million dollar facility that travels ten months a year throughout the U.S. Participants will spend a full day developing an original project, creating the music, video, and images needed to take their ideas from concept to delivery.

"Yoko and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus exemplify an extraordinary passion and devotion to providing children and young adults with opportunities to explore their creativity, musical expression, and artistic freedom,” said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the NAMM Foundation. “We are grateful for our long standing partnership as we work to assure that every child has the chance to learn and grow and make this world a place we imagine it to be - one of peace, and full of music.”