Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Young local artists honored at White House!

This AMAZING opportunity came together over just a few days last week, and results from the dynamic leadership of this group of young artists and the collaboration of a number of organizations and projects that support their work. Congrats to all!

Derek Birnie, DNDA

From ArtsCorps:

Arts Corps Youth Invited to White House Event
Youngstown Records class attend Obama's A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement

Photo by Laura O'Quin

Eight youth from Youngstown Records - a collaborative after-school program of Arts Corps' MusicianCorps Program and Youngstown Cultural Art Center - have been invited to attend the White House historic concert and education event on February 10th entitled "A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement." The concert will air in Seattle on February 11 at 9 p.m. on KCTS9

These students come from a variety of Seattle high schools and backgrounds and are talented and committed musicians who share a passion for social justice and independent youth voice.

President and Mrs. Obama will host the concert in honor of Black History Month. Artists include Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Howard University Choir. Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah will serve as emcees. The music special, part of the PBS "In Performance at the White House" series, will air on February 11 at 9 p.m. ET on KCTS9.

The invitation to attend the White House celebration came from the Grammy Foundation through Experience Music Project and Kathleen Allen, community arts liaison with Seattle Public Schools, who was moved by the students' performances a the opening exhibit of I Wish I Knew Who I Was Before I Was Me at The Frye Art Museum on January 22, 2010. Funds to support the trip to the White House have been provided by generous contributions by the Frye Foundation, Carlo and Eulalie Scandiuzzi, and other individual donors.

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