The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is returning to New York City, with a goal of improving the educational experience for youngsters throughout the slain rock star’s adopted hometown.
According to an announcement on Monday, the bus — described as “a state-of-the-art mobile production facility that provides hands-on creative experiences to students of all ages” — will drive into the city to launch the fifth annual Come Together NYC residency on Sept. 13.
In keeping with this year’s theme of “activism,” the event will kick off at 10 a.m. from the steps of New York City Hall with a “Bed-In” featuring Ringo Starr, Jeff Bridges, iconic rock photographer Henry Diltz, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker of the NYC Council Corey Johnson, with the group coming together with the goal of inspiring student activism in honour of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s headline-grabbing non-violent protests to support the idea of world peace.
“John would be very proud to know that this project encourages young people everywhere to embrace their creativity, and share their ideas for peace. I am so happy to be celebrating its 21st year,” said Ono in the announcement.
“What a great way to have peace, love and music Come Together and honour John’s life,” added Starr.
“Wake up, dream big and Come Together!” remarked Bridges. “Together with Sleep Club, I’m so proud to be part of this event. I’m amazed to see what people can get done when they dream big and turn those dreams into reality. John and Yoko dreamed big and the Lennon bus is a great example of making dreams come true.”
Throughout the month of September, the Lennon Bus will be making stops at various schools throughout New York, working with a new Lennon Bus curriculum titled Come Together, which is intended to “engage students in conversation and creative activities around topics including peace, empathy, immigration and activism.”
In addition, “visitors to the Lennon Bus will receive an exclusive look at the latest in music products, and audio, video and broadcast technologies, found on board. Students will also hear firsthand about potential career paths from the engineers who live and work on board the multi-million dollar networked facility that travels year round 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.”
For more information, visit Lennonbus.org.