SEPTEMBER MADISON MATTERS

Notes for Notes: Podcasts & More!

It’s time to tune-in! Our members are going live from our Murphy Clubhouse and the Notes for Notes studio to bring you the most exciting Clubhouse happenings, music, and more!

At our Murphy Clubhouse, some of our members flex their creative muscles most effectively in the Notes for Notes Studio, run by rock star instructor and mentor, Patrick Torres. Notes for Notes has become a trusted partner of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, with a dedication to providing youth with access to music instruments, instruction and recording studio environments. We’re proud to provide our members with the opportunity to express themselves in a positive and fulfilling atmosphere.

In addition to making music, singing their hearts out, and learning new tunes on their favorite instruments, some of our members have recently taken to the microphone to report on the latest Clubhouse news.

With a weekly podcast, our members are able to practice their interviewing skills, improve their clarity, expand their vocabulary, and get to know their fellow members and Clubhouse staff.

To listen to some of our Madison stars or catch the most recent podcast, visit https://soundcloud.com/notesfornotes/sets/brooklyn.

Staff Spotlight: Nicole Combeau, Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse

Our Clubhouses remain at the center of all we do at Madison. Without the ceaseless dedication of our staff, our members would be without reliable, positive adult role models and relationships. One such staff member who has continued to provide mentorship to our members is Nicole Combeau, Digital Arts Specialist at the Murphy Clubhouse.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself!

A: My name is Nicole Combeau and I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I am a first generation American with a Colombian background. I graduated with a BFA in photography and video from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. I have been interested in the art of photography since early middle school, and have been pursuing it ever since.

Q: What role do you play at Madison?

A: I am the Digital Arts Specialist at the Murphy Clubhouse. My primary roles are delivering fun and engaging programming to Juniors and Teens about the art of photography and video. I work to make a safe and creative space for them where they can express themselves using digital art.

Q: How did you get connected to Madison and ultimately the Murphy Clubhouse?

A: I ended up at Murphy because I had been photographing events for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and was assigned to an event at the Murphy Clubhouse. Once I saw the energy of the youth and staff at the Club I knew that I wanted to work there.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Madison?

A: My favorite thing about teaching the members photography is reinforcing the idea that every single individual sees the world differently and uniquely. When you give a camera to someone, not only does it empower them to be in control of what they are seeing, but it also makes them think differently about what they are seeing. The members see so much beauty in themselves and the world, and photography is a perfect outlet for them to express that.

Q: What are your goals for the upcoming Clubhouse year?

A: My goals for this year are for the members to create their own photography, video, and modeling portfolios and for them to explore themselves through photography and video. I hope to inspire an appreciation of beauty in nature, how to be mindful and confident in their identity, and confident in themselves as artists.

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Special Events

An Autumn Affair hosted by the Madison Council: October 24th, 2017

Christmas Tree Ball: December 1st, 2017

2018 Youth of the Year Dinner: May 23rd, 2018