July 17th, 2015

Cheers: Don’t Miss A Beat keeps kids from missing the arts

By Times-Union Editorial Fri, Jul 17, 2015 @ 8:13 am.

 

Too often, arts education is the first program cut by a cash-conscious school district even though many students thrive by being involved in theater, music and painting.

That’s why the Jacksonville-based nonprofit Don’t Miss a Beat is doing such valuable work by bringing the arts to children who would otherwise have few avenues to learn about them. Founded by local jazz musician Ulysses Owens Jr, Don’t Miss A Beat offers an extensive arts program for kids as well as after-school initiatives and summer camp.

The students get ample opportunities to express their artistic interests, from putting on recitals and plays to exhibiting their art and talking with successful artists and performers who are visiting Jacksonville.

It’s an amazing endeavor that deserves to be hailed.

See link below for the original article.

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/editorials/2015-07-17/story/cheers-dont-miss-beat-keeps-kids-missing-arts

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