In 2009, violinist Angélica Durrell met MacArthur Fellow Aaron Dworkin, who encouraged her to create a path to achieving greater diversity and inclusion in music. Two years later, motivated by her own story of struggling as an immigrant student from Ecuador, she founded INTAKE Music, now known as INTEMPO. Conceived as a much-needed bridge between the arts sector of Fairfield County, CT and immigrant communities and communities of color, INTEMPO began with two teachers and 40 students. Since then, INTEMPO’s staff of teaching artists has more than doubled and its programs and concerts have reached thousands of students and community members. Today, INTEMPO is known as a welcoming space for multilingual music education, cultural exchanges, and creative expression.