The ROPE (Rites of Passage and Empowerment) program is an initiative of the Women of Color Giving Circle, based in Pittsfield, MA. Since 2010, ROPE has supported more than 200 girls of color from Berkshire County in pursuing their educational goals, personal development, global citizenship, and civic responsibility. The founder, Shirley Edgerton, recognized the need for adolescent girls of color to develop their voices and inner selves in a single-sex setting and desired to provide 8an opportunity for them to transition into womanhood in a nurturing and supportive environment and to interact with professional women of color in school and other settings in Berkshire County.
CIAO! musicians are honored to perform in support of this important work in our community and are especially excited for the opportunity to collaborate with ROPE participants on an arrangement of "Stand Up," co-written by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo and performed in the newly-released film, Harriet.