Portraits of Wisdom

Sarah Partridge - I Never Thought I'd Be Here

I am excited to announce a new project: “PORTRAITS OF WISDOM”, an album and tour of musical portraits of Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields.


Partridge’s six studio albums have garnered national and international attention. Her latest release, “Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian” landed on 3 “Best jazz albums of 2017” lists. In addition to playing top clubs around the country. Partridge is a songwriter whose compositions have been described as “modern classics.” She has written for Downbeat Magazine and appeared on Good Morning America. Sarah’s last two projects were successfully funded by crowdfunding campaigns. “I Never Thought I’d Be Here,” an album of her original compositions, and “Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian,” a collection of reimagined songs by the legendary Janis Ian, along with two originals written by Sarah and Janis. Both reached their financial goals and were then released by Origin Records, a distinguished jazz record label.

Compositions on this recording will be originals written by Partridge and other well-known Jazz artists. The pieces will portray notable women who, through the ages, have left their mark in science and technology. Their personalities and accomplishments will be evident in each piece. There is artistic and educational value to this project in that it is an original jazz work as well as an inspiring piece of information for young women, STEM Organizations, and the general public. A couple of examples of these musical portraits with working titles are:

“Sky Sweeper”: Maria Mitchell. When astronomy was considered a “feminine” hobby, Maria became the first important female astronomer and advocate for women’s rights in the mid-1800s. She describes the bliss she felt “sweeping the sky” (stargazing). She reported “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” in 1847.

“A Double Life”: Hedy Lamarr. An immensely popular movie star known for her beauty. She co-invented a secret communications system that became the technical backbone of wireless operations. In one lifetime she lived two very opposite lives.



  • Writing and arrangement for 12 compositions- $4,800
  • Recording and engineer fees – $4,000
  • Musician’s session fees – $5,000

Post Production

  • CD Photography and Videography – $2,500
  • CD Design, Production, Delivery (or) 10-12 Music Videos – $3,500
  • Radio Promotion – $2,000
  • Promo Mailings for Press & Radio – $1,050


Touring plans include STEM organizations and conventions, schools, Universities, and Performing Arts Centers. Touring is an expensive but essential part of each album release. Despite the fact that musicians are paid for concerts, they often have to rent space, travel, feed, and house the band. There will most likely be 7 musicians, including myself. The remaining $9,000-$10,000 of the budget will go towards these expenses.


We are actively raising money to fund this artistic and educational project and would love you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us reach our goal of $33,000. Your support in ANY amount is important and greatly appreciated.

To donate online, please click the link below and you will be redirected to our Fractured Atlas page.


To donate by check, please send contributions to “Peartree Productions, P.O. Box 124. Boonton, NJ 07005.” Checks must be made payable to “FRACTURED ATLAS,” with “PORTRAITS OF WISDOM” in the memo line.

Those who donate $5,000 and above will be acknowledged as Producers of the project.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!

PORTRAITS OF WISDOM is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of PORTRAITS OF WISDOM must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.