Our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey.Â Over the next year, SingÂ for Hope will be working with Houston-area artists toÂ provide dynamic arts outreach programs inÂ shelters and relief sites.
,Sing for Hope traces its roots toÂ Houston. When the promising young tenor Frank Logan passed away at Houstonâ€™s Omega House AIDS Hospice, a group of friends came together to sing for life, for hope, for a cure, says Sing for Hope Co-FounderÂ Camille Zamora, who graduated from Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Continues Sing for Hope Co-FounderÂ Monica Yunus: ,As students at Juilliard, Camille and I continued to envision a go-to resource for arts service, uniting artists and communities in transformative ways. Today, our NYC-based organization serves countless New Yorkers and others across the country, but in many ways, our ethos is based on our early artist/charity partnership model pioneered in Houston.”
Established as an independent nonprofit in New York City in 2006, today Sing for Hope is an “artist peace corps” mobilizing artists in dynamic arts outreach programs in under-resourced schools, public hospitals, hospices, veterans’ centers, after-school programs, neighborhood centers, nursing homes, and disability networks. To date, Sing for Hope has partnered with over 250 nonprofit organizations, involved over 3,500 artists in community volunteerism, and placed over 400 artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos throughout NYCâ€™s parks and public spaces for everyone to play — a symbol and celebration of art for all. Sing for Hope is grounded in the belief that the arts have a unique power to uplift, unite, and transform individuals and communities. We envision a world in which creativity is leveraged to facilitate healing and address societyâ€™s areas of greatest need.
Over the past 9 months,Â Sing for Hope has been developing a toolkit to facilitate national and international replication of our best-in-class model of artist-powered social change. With the guidance of our board member and Coda Societies Founder Garance Choko, weÂ identified three US cities – Los Angeles, Houston, and Pittsburgh –Â and established contacts in each city to work with us over the next year in piloting the test of our Sing for Hope Toolkit.
In response to the current crisis in Houston, we are accelerating our timeline to immediately begin mobilizing artists in the Houston community to serve as a source of joy, resilience, and healing for the thousands of people whose lives have been uprooted due to Hurricane Harvey.
Sing for Hope HoustonÂ will be led byÂ Mezzo-Soprano Abby Powell, (MM 2004, BM 2002, TheÂ Juilliard School),Â a Houston nativeÂ and HSPVA gradÂ whoÂ has previously worked with Sing for Hope in New York as Project Leader at Bailey-Holt HouseÂ AIDS care facilityÂ andÂ atÂ Coler Hospital,Â an extendedÂ care public hospital serving patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Joining Abby as Co-Project Leader will be long-time Sing for Hope Artist Partner Ty Lerman.
The artsÂ inspire resilience, unity,Â and hope whereÂ they are needed most. Help makeÂ the arts, and Houston’s rich community of world-class artists,Â part of the rebuilding of this great American city.
To join Abby as a Sing for Hope Artist Parter in Houston, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a special earmarked contribution to support Sing for HopeÂ Houston, please click here.
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Sing for Hope Artist Partners performing at Hurricane Sandy relief shelters in Queens in 2012.
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