Children’s Aid Keeps the Arts Alive!

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On Friday, May 20th, the theater stage at El Museo del Barrio was full of dynamic young performers from Children’s Aid arts programs at the 14th Annual Spring Concert. Cheerleaders from the Mirabel Sisters Campus in Washington Heights energized the crowd pep rally style, while elementary school kids from The Phillip Coltoff Center’s Junior Chorus performed a lively rendition of "Lollipop" complete with choreography. The performances didn’t end there, the audience at El Museo del Barrio clapped and sang along with the excited performers the entire night. The Drew Hamilton Harmony in Harlem Jazz Band performed masterpieces by M. Santamaria and Miles Davis. The evening also included stimulating words from professional performers who talked about the impact the arts have had in their lives. Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox encouraged the student artists to stay motivated and discussed the role arts classes played in her success as a performer. Professional dancers Corinne Tighe and Lisa Matsuoka described their experiences balancing their dance careers with other professional interests. The night concluded with inspirational words from stage veteran Sandra Reaves-Phillips who joined all of the young performers for a stirring rendition of the song “Lean on Me.”