Language, Culture and Artistic Expression: Excerpts from the 2016 Bilingual STEAM Event

We were very fortunate to have two very talented multilingual performing artists perform at the 2016 Bilingual STEAM event, Julie Slim and Roberto German. Both gave their unique perspectives on the importance of being multilingual and multicultural.  They shared how being multilingual and multicultural shaped them as a person and their art.  For a glimpse of their performances, please see the following youtube video clips.  (For email subscribers, please click on the main title or URL link to take you to the website to see videos).

Julie Slim


Courtesy of Ariana Vincent Photography

Julie Slim is a Lebanese-American multi-lingual vocalist who sings in Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and most recently, Bosnian.   She is the leader of her band, RendezVous, a quintet specializing in standards from the 1930’s to the 1960’s in French, English, Spanish and Arabic, which she founded in 2013… Focused on world music, she also collaborates with numerous groups in Austin TX, including Indimaj, UT Bereket Middle Eastern Ensemble, Layalina, Austin Global Orchestra, and 1001 Nights Orchestra. She has released a 3-song studio EP, and most recently, a five-song EP recorded live in Austin, TX, and she has recently finished recording her first full LP of French songs with RendezVous.“  Find out more about Julie at or on Facebook at:

Roberto Germán

roberto-german-professional-picRoberto Germán is a Dominican-American native of Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is a product of Lawrence Public Schools, Central Catholic High School and the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrence.  He currently is supporting the opening of Magnolia Montessori For All, Austin’s First Public Montessori School, serving as Director of Student Affairs and Services.  Previously, he served as Assistant Principal at the Guilmette Middle School in Lawrence, MA. Prior to that he served as Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Development for seven years at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, MA, where he led the school in fostering a culture that promoted social justice and equity. During his tenure at SJP, he was also a basketball coach and Spanish teacher. Mr. Germán is an alumnus of Andover Bread Loaf and an active member of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network.  His role within ABL and with the BLTN is at the center of ABL’s educational justice work within the public schools, youth and community organizations. When he was twenty years old, Roberto introduced and led a spoken word movement in the city of Lawrence that took the city by storm from 2001-2003.  This movement became the beginning of a writing revolution that inspired young people in the city of Lawrence to find their voices through the arts, particularly spoken word poetry and rap.  He accomplished this with his former performing arts group, the Soul Kaliber Movement and by his ability to collaborate with diverse organizations and individuals. His teaching experience includes serving as an English teacher at Lawrence High School and as a Spanish teacher at St. John’s Preparatory School. He holds a Master’s Degree from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English, from Merrimack College.

For more on language learning through the arts, please see the some of our older posts on this topic.

Julie Slim, an Artist who’s Multilingual Voice Connects and Inspires
The Transformative Power of Bilingual and Multicultural Art
Language Learning Through the Arts
Sing and Ye Shall Learn! Why Singing is Important to Language Acquisition
Bilingual Theater
Bilingual Theater Productions Matter