Making a Donation
By making a tax-deductible donation to African Musical Arts, you enable us to provide educational and cultural enrichment programming in our community. Located in the GRAND CENTER ARTS DISTRICT since 1994, African Musical Arts lives up to its motto, "Music bringing people together," by developing arts programs that enrich America's performing arts and promote intercultural understanding. The need for arts programs which help us understand each other has become more apparent in light of current developments around the world, and we rely on your generous support to fulfill our mission.
Your tax-deductible contribution supports the following programs:
Sonic Safari with the Songs of Africa Ensemble, scheduled all-year round at local community centers and schools. The program offers new genres of choral music in African languages in an educational and concert setting. The opportunities provided to our communities are numerous, as best articulated by an audience member: "It was a great concert. I learned a lot without knowing I was learning."
Intercultural Music Initiative with IMI Chamber Players, presenting concerts and educational programs of classical music by African-descent composers. "It's a hugely missed opportunity when music programs in our schools fail to educate our youth about black composers. From your concerts we've learned about William Grant-Still, Florence Price, Lettie Alston and living black composers such as Adolphus Hailstork, Julio Racine, and our own St. Louis-based FredO [Onovwerosuoke]..."
The "Sonic Safari for Schools" program brings eminent artists and educators to work with orchestra and choral students in local schools in the St. Louis, University City, Parkway, Hazelwood, Ferguson-Florissant, Riverview Gardens, Normandy and other districts.
Performing Arts Exchange is an ambitious proposal and huge opportunity to build a digital database resource that will be accessible online by performers, educators and students, for music education on new and emerging African-descent composers. This is our biggest capital campaign yet, but thanks to your pledges of support, we remain confident that we can build this lasting legacy for St Louis and the entire world. Please contribute now and be listed among our proud donors... THANK YOU!
We rely on hundreds of volunteers who graciously give of their time and expertise to African Musical Arts programs. Internships are also available for high school and college students. As a volunteer you contribute or gain expertise in general database management, desktop and web publishing, creating sheet music, concert promotion and management, board development and other areas of general operations. To volunteer please contact Artie Walls, Jr. or Michaele Hymes at 314-652-6800 or click here to email us.