Dear Friends of Arts Alive Nassau,
It’s that time of year when we start our membership drive for the next school year. Our mission is to provide free or low-cost music and arts instruction for Nassau County children who have little or no access to them. We are a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible. We fulfill our mission by working with the school district to offer a wide variety of classes in an afterschool setting in the elementary schools as well as providing other arts experiences as listed below.
Afterschool Arts – will begin in September and continue through the school year. Music classes will be offered on a two-semester basis; 10 weeks in each semester. Visual arts classes will be offered each semester for 10 weeks allowing new students to participate each semester. Additionally, we will be providing music classes in dulcimer, violin, guitar, drumline, ukulele and woodwinds. We will also fund the musical theater production this year at Callahan Elementary School. Visual arts offerings will include drawing and painting.
The First Coast Singers will begin rehearsals in September and continue until May of the following year. Rehearsals will be weekly for 90 minutes. Concerts will be held in December and May. They will be directed by Jonathan Welch, vocal teacher at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. First Coast Singers is open to all children ages 10-18.
The Nassau Youth Orchestra will begin rehearsals in September and continue until May of the following year. Rehearsals will be weekly for 60 minutes. A class in viola and cello will follow the orchestra rehearsal each week. This group will start with strings and add additional instruments in the future. Performances will be held in December and May.
The Artist Residency Project will begin in September and continue through the end of the school year. We have contracted with the Nassau County School Board to provide the following to the schools. We will place an artist in three elementary schools two days a week. They will work six hours each day for fifteen weeks each semester. This is such an important step forward as there is no visual arts curriculum in the elementary schools in Nassau County.
We need your support to continue the work we are doing. We continue to grow and branch out in new directions because of your generosity. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience creativity through the Arts. We hope you will continue to place your confidence in us to make this happen.
Dr. Jane W. Lindberg, President
Arts Alive Nassau Board of Directors