Community arts organizations create spaces for musicians, visual artists, and dancers ages 5-105 to come together, work together, create together, and engage in a collaborative process that builds relationships across race, culture, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status and political affiliation. Strong community arts programs create strong communities.
As someone who has dedicate much of my life to the art of choral singing, I have witnessed its formidable power in various communities. During 2017, I will be highlighting community choruses around the country that bring people together to achieve something bigger than any individual can achieve. I’ll be featuring one choir from each of the 50 states.
I’m kicking it off with the Harmony Project in Columbus, Ohio. Jane Pauley profiled David Brown, the founder of the 225-member chorus that has 400 on a waiting list to join. In the past seven years he has created a movement that changing lives and transforming the Columbus community one rehearsal at a time. David’s compelling vision of what it means to create harmony comes together at the end of the story when choristers from the Ohio Reformatory for Women join forces with the larger choir in concert. Learn more about the story by watching the video below.