The Issue: Benefits of Fine-Arts Education
The arts help people explore their creative sides and discover new ways of thinking and communicating. A benefit unto themselves, these skills can also translate into other fields, forging the out-of-box thinking that many employers seek. But ongoing budget cuts have eviscerated the available opportunities for participation in the arts at school and throughout the community.
The Campaign: Sending Students to a Weekend Music Camp
If 60 people donate $10, then Passim can provide scholarships for two emerging musicians to attend a weekend adult music camp and compensate one instructor for teaching at the camp. Throughout the weekend, students learn from professional musicians, developing practical skills, sharpening their ability to express themselves artistically, and helping them transform their hobby into a profession. Bringing in professional musicians as instructors gives aspiring songwriters a chance to connect with the community and an opportunity to grow while also providing financial support for the local music community. Each additional $600 raised will compensate another instructor and provide scholarships to send two more students to the camp.
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Part listening club, part school, Passim is an arts haven dedicated to cultivating creative development and building a vibrant music community. Since 1958, when it operated as a jazz venue under the name Club 47, Passim has brought talented musicians to the region, fostering the local folk and blues scenes and hosting musicians such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Mississippi John Hurt. The space's life as Club 47 came to a close in 1968, only to transform into an intimate setting where audiences could connect with musicians. Today, Club Passim cultivates this intimacy in its historic listening room, which features more than 400 shows a year ranging from celtic to jazz, and also presents the Boston Celtic Music Festival to showcase the skills of dancers and musicians whose inspiration hails from the British Isles.
Yet in addition to giving them a stage, Passim has supported and cultivated the local community of musical artists for the past decade. The Passim Iguana Music Fund provides career-development grants for musicians, and the lessons, master classes, and workshops at the Passim School of Music instruct more than 800 students every year in everything from guitar and songwriting to fiddle and ukulele.