Music to our nation’s ears

Last Monday, the nation celebrated the inauguration of President Obama to his second term.  As a nation, we have accomplished a lot in the last four years.  But we must not forget the work we still have to do.  President Obama reminded us of our responsibility as a nation in his speech.

… No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores.  Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people…

Our children will be our future.  The strength of our nation will rest upon their little shoulders one day.  We must do what we need to today to prepare them for that important task ahead.  But, if our schools don’t have sufficient math and science teachers, we know they don’t have enough arts teachers.  This is why organizations such as Arts to Grow exist.  We bridge the gap between what the school can provide and what our children need.  

Arts empower our at-risk youths to connect with themselves.  Music gives our children a mean to express emotion in ways words couldn’t.  (In fact, music probably communicated more emotion at the inauguration ceremony than any speech.)   Teaching Artist David Freeman noted that “Through my work, I have learned that there is a commonality between the needs of all populations. We all need a safe place to express ourselves and a place to be heard.”  He also observed great changes students who participated in our music program in the past.  ”[They] have developed a respect for themselves, for others, and for the music. When you look at their faces when performing, it says it all.”

If you’d like to support Arts to Grow’s music and other arts program, you can visit our registry for our wishlist of musical instruments and more.  

By Jeannie Chan, ATG Volunteer Social Media Manager.  When she’s not posting for ATG, Jeannie is passionate brand manager, fueled by intellectual curiosity and caffeine! Connect via Twitter @jeannie_chan.

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About arts2grow

Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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