Prof. Janise White
Dr. Zanaida Robles
John Malveaux of
sends this release:
State funds extend the reach of the arts to local underserved populations
In Los Angeles, CA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $3,200 to AACMSO as part of its Local Impact program.
The Local Impact program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. All projects extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations that have limited access to the arts.
With support from the California Arts Council, the Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra will engage in the "Black Music Legacy Project" with a 40-member multigenerational choir conducting one Masterclass, 12 rehearsals, and two concerts to preserve African-American folk songs and Spirituals by composers of the African diaspora. The dates set for the concerts are September 24 and February 18 featuring works by Dett, Still, Hairston, and others. The concerts will be conducted by Professor Janise White and Dr. Zanaida Robles, both graduates of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
“We are deeply honored to be recipients and participants of the Local Impact Grant to further perpetuate the legacy of Negro Folk and Spiritual songs through dialogue, narrative, language and performance. Our objective is to engage audiences in African American culture with the outcome of expanding an awareness and recognition of the folk songs incorporated in the Black symphonist repertoire.” AACMSO Director, Janise White