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MTNA COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GRANT
Chicago Arts Project is the proud recipient of the Music Teachers National Association Community Engagement Grant. They will offer $750 to purchase music stands for our December concert. For more information about MTNA, visit their website.
We would like to say a huge "Thank you!" to Alfred Music, who has been gracious enough to donate most or all of this upcoming year's repertoire! For more information about products available at Alfred Music, visit their website.
Hungry for music
Chicago Arts Project is so grateful to our friends at Hungry for Music for agreeing to donate 8-12 violins to the orchestra this September! To learn more about their incredible organization, visit their website.
Holiday instrument Drive
A huge shout out to all of the wonderful people that helped build a collection of 40 instruments and $2,000 in donations during the holiday instrument drive! This was certainly not an easy feat and relied heavily on word-of-mouth connections and social media shares from all of you. Thank you for all of the effort put towards providing free orchestral education to children living in Chicago's west side. It would never have been possible without all of your tremendous support.
Congressman Steve King vs. A Young Teacher: A Choice for All of Us
"I opened up my Facebook this week and was confronted with two posts that I thought said a lot about where we are as Americans today. The first post in my timeline was someone quoting a tweet by Iowa Congressman Steve King. Mr. King’s uplifting message of the day was this: “Diversity is not our strength.” He then appears to quote the Hungarian Prime Minster saying, “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.” So basically Mr. King is reminding us that he’s a racist. To his credit, he’s a racist who continually gets elected to congress by the fine people of Northwest Iowa.
"The next post in my Facebook feed was from a young woman named Lindsay Fredrickson. In the interest of full disclosure, Lindsay was a former student of mine. Lindsay’s post was drawing attention to her work collecting instruments and donations for the Chicago Arts Project. Lindsay has chosen to dedicate her considerable talent and energy to putting instruments and music education in the hands and hearts of young people who are seriously at-risk (https://www.facebook.com/chicagoartsproject/). Lindsay is part of a movement known as El Sistema (that name right there has Steve King puckering up) where young people achieve life goals through the rewards of musical instruction."