Homelessness. Hunger. We as a city strive to end such tragedies.
Once the essential basic human needs which sustain life – such as shelter and food – are met, what about the things that makes life meaningful? Things like the Arts.
For thousands of Philadelphia students, “artslessness” is a reality. Each year, there are 10 to 15 schools completely void of any arts. This is unacceptable and avoidable.
The endARTSlessness campaign, an initiative of Commonwealth Youthchoirs, is to ensure that every public school in Philadelphia has at least one arts program, serving as a lifeline to lift young people up and out of creative poverty.
We aim to accomplish this with a three-pronged approach:
Commonwealth Youthchoirs is a family of six choral programs for young people that serves 700 kids, half of whom are underserved. Keystone State Boychoir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Find Your Instrument!, Good Mornin’ Music!, Garden State Girlchoir, and New Jersey Boychoir seek to transform the lives of the young people through the power of making music together – one song at a time.
To learn how you and your organization, business, foundation, or school can help, contact Commonwealth Youthchoirs Development Director Emily Harmar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keystone State Boychoir’s Bobby Hill – the boy who sang for the Pope – talked with WHYY Newsworks Tonight about endARTSlessness. Listen here.