Kids Connect Through Jazz
Your gift will have TWICE the impact!
Thanks to the generous support of Dr. Mark and Connie Froggatt, every donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $6,000!
The Moss Arts Center is dedicated to providing meaningful experiences that spark interest in the arts and the creative process for students of all ages and backgrounds. Since the center opened in the fall of 2013, more than 23,000 children have enjoyed these kinds of opportunities free of charge--that means no cost to the schools or the students.
This February the Moss Arts Center is bringing JazzReach, an organization committed to the promotion, performance, creation, and teaching of jazz music, back to the New River Valley for a second time to present a series of creative experiences for area students that includes master classes and workshops, as well as special performances.
When you give to this campaign and share it with others, you are helping the center bring JazzReach’s comprehensive experience to over 1,300 area students—elementary, middle, high school, and college-aged. These students will learn about the power of jazz as a unifying force that bridges cultural, religious, ethnic, and economic differences.
Every gift will help make a life-changing impact on a student.
JazzReach’s critically acclaimed resident ensemble, Metta Quintet, will work closely with an area high school jazz ensemble during a series of workshops and master classes, and the ensemble will participate in several combined rehearsals with the quintet. The jazz ensemble will also have the opportunity to perform onstage alongside the award-winning quintet during a free joint concert that will be open to the public.
The quintet will visit a Virginia Tech music class during its visit to Blacksburg and will present an immersive, globally-themed multimedia school-day matinee performance for area third through sixth graders. Big Drum/Small World aims to promote the value of creative collaboration and the unique way jazz can help us explore our differences, share ideas, and discover common ground. The matinee will feature performances of all new commissions by prominent, internationally recognized jazz composers hailing from areas as diverse as West Africa, Israel, Cuba, Puerto Rico, India, and the United States.