I call myself a harper for harmony.
My personal mission, and now the mission of Harping for Harmony Foundation, is to promote harmony and community, locally and globally, through harp music. Our five mission program areas are peace, childhood, livelihood, health, and democracy.
The children in the picture live in La Florida, near Guanare, Venezuela. It was in Venezuela, in 1991, that I first encountered the harp as a folk instrument. I carried harps to El Salvador in 1994, with Companion Community Development Alternatives, a group involved in reconstruction after their civil war. The name, "harping for harmony," was inspired by Potters for Peace.
After a lifetime of different roles and careers (among them anthropologist, small businessman, bureaucrat, agricultural educator, father, and grandfather), I now regard myself as primarily a harper for harmony and a K-12 substitute public school teacher in West Virginia.
- John Lozier, Executive Director, Harping for Harmony Foundation.