Restore Arts Gives Old Instruments a New Home at Kinsey Elementary School
“This is a great opportunity for Restore Arts and our community partners to demonstrate that by working together we can enable and enhance music education in our classrooms,” said Herb Dougall, co-founder of Restore Arts. “A primary mission for Restore Arts is to find and place used instruments in schools that need them. The presentation at Kinsey Elementary is an inspiring step on what we hope will be a long road of helping arts in communities throughout Arizona.”
The instruments were placed with Restore Arts through a community asset loan agreement by Cave Creek school district earlier this year. An artist signed guitar auctioned at the Tedeschi Trucks Band concert at Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park, coordinated by R Entertainment, raised funds for the repair and refurbishment of the instruments. Restore Arts, thanks to the efforts of R Entertainment, AZ Music Pro, Peak Events and the Community Advisors in Flagstaff, raised more than double their fundraising goal in one evening. The instruments will be used to create a new after-school string program at Kinsey to improve music education opportunities for children in the Flagstaff community.
“When a teacher at Kinsey Elementary approached us asking for help to create a string instrument program, we were thrilled. It was inspiring to see the community reach out and engage in our mission,” said Mary Lynn Kelly, co-founder of Restore Arts. “The people of Flagstaff are amazing supporters of our work at Restore Arts and a prime example of the vision in action.”
About Restore Arts
Restore Arts is a Phoenix non-profit organization that strives to use the experience of co-founders Herb Dougall and Mary Lynn Kelly to create projects and programs that will use the arts to connect communities with classrooms and improve the life experiences of all involved. For more information about Restore Arts visit them online at www.RestoreArts.org, and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RestoreArts.