The Importance of Arts Access and Community Outreach – Pay It Forward!

There are millions of reasons why arts education, no matter what the cost, is vital to our future. As a musician, I have acquired skills that help me to succeed, and I’ve found that what I do in performance and through outreach and volunteer efforts can bring joy to others. I’ve learned that the process of working with others on and off the stage, and, through the development of my characters, has helped me to understand more about others – the beauty and power of cooperation, communication, and collaboration. The arts have made me a better person every area of my life, and I believe it is up to all of us to ensure that every person in the world has access to music, theatre, dance, visual art – all disciplines. It’s enriched my life, and my goal is simply to give back, and give often, so others can experience the same life-changing possibilities the arts can offer. Read on to see what my colleagues and I are up to around the world, and find out how you can show your support – please join us in paying it forward.

Pay It Forward

Arts access in our schools and community outreach programs

September 1, 2012

Recently, I was talking to some of my younger cousins who are in high school about their class load, college ideas and so forth. The subject of music came up since they know I am a singer, and I asked them how much music education or art classes they had received over the past 11 or 12 years. They said they were lucky to have music or arts classes at all. Their answer floored me – I had no idea it had gotten so bad. They told me that they received one half hour of music a week for a short period of time, and that the mandatory chorus class did not meet as much as it had when they were younger. I was astonished, and really appalled at the lack of music education in their lives, and I decided to do some research on the subject.

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At Hawthorne Elementary

April 28, 2012

Just taking some time with some kids to educate them in music
A kindergarten class at Hawthorne Elementary, Bozeman MT. April 2012.

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