As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our mission is to provide scholarships to young people from elementary school age through college age so that they may participate in the educational experience of attending a summer music camp in the specific areas of instrumental and/or vocal music. Our mission includes the intention to promote the study and enjoyment of music and the arts, to encourage discipline and aesthetics in education, to provide opportunities for young people to share their art at a high level of excellence, and to meet with and explore ideas with other young people of various backgrounds, but similar interests. Secondarily, our mission is to promote the musical arts in performance and to give local communities an opportunity to view today’s youth in a positive and constructive light.
During this time of social distancing, my hope is that life will find a new normal. We must always remember that the performing arts are a social and emotional experience. The arts help us express our emotions and give comfort in difficult times. It is gratifying to see all the creative ways musicians are finding to perform whether they are giving impromptu performances for their neighbors, choreographing dance steps to songs with their families, or using virtual technology to perform master works together. The arts bring us closer and help us share a common bond.
Sadly, many of the summer music camps have cancelled their programs for this summer. I just spoke with Dennis and Larke. They shared that Arrowbear must cancel their traditional summer sessions; however, they are working on a smaller camp experience and hope to connect with campers using technology and social media. We’ve included part of the letter they sent to campers explaining why they felt they had no choice but to cancel the summer. It is included in this newsletter.
Our scholarship applicants for Summer 2020 knew it was a possibility that camp might be cancelled. Our promise to them was that if camp were cancelled, we would hold their scholarships until Summer 2021. They won’t need to reapply next spring, and we’ll work with them and their families to adjust their scholarship as needed for next year.
I heard this quote on a news broadcast last month. It resonated with my thoughts on what is needed at this moment in our lives. “Art has the power to bring people together to celebrate, to encourage, and to heal amid this current crisis. This life affirming force is more important that ever.” I hope this summer you can explore ways to make and enjoy music.
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HOW CAN I DONATE?
There are multiple ways you can support providing scholarships for summer music camps. We accept donations by check and by credit card through PayPal. For some of you, writing a check, addressing an envelope, and locating a stamp is too time consuming or just flat-out “old school.” There are lots of other ways you can help us help young musicians. Check out these additional options.