December 15: Festival of Youth Arts

–submitted by Kevin Hoffman

The program for our last meeting of the year was a video compilation of performances by five Madison-area youth arts organizations.  Featured video montages were from:

  • Opera for the Young – A professional adult touring company that brings interactive performances to elementary schools throughout the Upper Midwest.  Adult casts collaborate with music teachers and student choruses to perform specially created opera adaptations.  They reach 70,000 children at around 200 schools.  They showed snippets from Pirates of Penzance and The Magic Flute.
  • Little Picassos – A youth-focused art enrichment organization that serves low-income families and seeks to provide more equal access to art education and enrichment.  The program provides a safe and nurturing environment to create and learn about art genres and history.  It also seeks to highlight the achievements of Black, Latino and Indigenous artists.
  • Music Con Brio – Created to provide affordable, accessible, and high-quality music lessons to children regardless of a family’s ability to pay or transport their child to and from lessons.  They produce an annual community concert series in collaboration with diverse Madison groups that perform a wide range of music from chamber music to jazz and funk.
  • Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps – Founded in 1920, the Madison Scouts is the oldest youth music organization in the State of Wisconsin. The program reaches over 4,000 youth students through music education programs, leadership development programs, and events hosted in Wisconsin through performing ensembles, and the Madison Scouts.  The Madison Scouts bring 165 youth from around the world including North America, Japan and Europe. 
  • Madison Ballet – Reaches around 13,000 people per year through live ballet productions at the Overture Center, School of Madison Ballet, and outreach partnerships with other non-profits in the Madison area.  The video they shared was of a performance at a state park near Delafield of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Thanks to Neil Fauerbach for doing the video editing to present this program at our meeting.

If you missed our meeting this week, you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXm9HlJ2jfw&t=4s

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