First Lady Mary Louise Lee Launches Arts Initiative

First Lady Mary Louise Lee Launches Arts Initiative

DENVER – First Lady of Denver Mary Louise Lee launched her “Bringing Back the Arts” initiative this month, focusing on increasing students’ access to art, music, dance and theatre classes in Denver Public Schools. The first “Bringing Back the Arts” youth event is a music competition for DPS high school students that will culminate in a special concert at the Bluebird Theater on March 18. (CLICK HERE to watch the PSA)

“Far too many of Denver’s children have limited access to arts education. I’m proud to launch this initiative to help students in every neighborhood gain access to a wide range of classes,” the First Lady said. “I know firsthand the critical impact the arts can have on the productivity and success of a student.  I looked forward to all my art classes. They kept me excited about school and eventually led to a career in music and performing arts.”

The “Bringing Back the Arts” initiative will raise money to hire more DPS arts, music, dance and theatre teachers as well as host special youth events to spotlight Denver’s talented students.

More than 70 musically inclined high school students have entered the “Bringing Back the Arts” music competition and submitted a five-minute music sample.  The music samples will be judged this week by a Selection Committee composed of local artists and volunteers.

Eight finalists will be selected to compete at a special concert at the Bluebird Theater on March 18 for prizes ranging from a recording session at a local studio to opening act for an AEG concert.  The eight finalists will be announced Monday, March 12.

“This will be the first of many events held to encourage, nurture and inspire Denver’s youth to follow their passion in the arts,” the First Lady said. “I thank the wide range of supporters who helped us launch this initiative and invite the community to join in this effort by signing up to volunteer for a “Bringing Back the Arts” committee and, of course, attend the concert on March 18.”

CLICK HERE for more information about First Lady Mary Louise Lee and the “Bring Back the Arts” Initiative.

Posted on Mar 07, 2012 (Archive on Apr 07, 2012)
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