Adam Christoferson is the founder and driving force of Musical Intervention, an organization that helps people write, record, and perform original music. Adam grew up seeing the effects that trauma, drugs, and homelessness had on the people in his life and has also seen the transforming power of music during these otherwise turbulent times. Before going to college, he worked with Sue Feldman from the Hill Health Center’s Village of Power program. It was there that he actualized his calling to help people with music.
Musical Intervention began to take form during his work as a Recreation Therapist at Yale Child Psychiatric Inpatient Hospital. His work on the inpatient unit was featured in the World Congress of Adolescence and Psychiatry in Beijing, China. Adam has presented his work to numerous high schools, universities, and hospitals, including being a featured speaker at the Donald J. Cohen Mentorship Program at the Yale School of Medicine.
In 2015, Adam received a grant through the National Endowment of the Arts to provide a platform for the homeless population in New Haven to create music and be connected to human service organizations. This project led to the opening of Musical Intervention Headquarters where he oversees programming for a diverse community throughout the week. This program has earned the Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s award for its contribution to the creative ecosystem. Research has begun with Yale’s Program for Recovery & Community Health (PRCH) to measure the effects of MI’s impact on health in the community. Adam sits on the Citizens Community Collaborative (CCC) aiming to help people with mental illness and addiction engage with their rights, responsibilities, roles, resources, and relationships.