Young Singers Thrilled to be Recipient of Diversity & Inclusion Award, Presented by Florida’s Secretary of State during Conference
Young Singers of the Palm Beaches proudly announces that they received a $1,000 Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Florida Department of State. The award this year recognizes 18 Florida-based arts organizations and individuals with outstanding initiatives reflecting diversity. It is given by The Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. The program is made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Young Singers CEO, Beth Clark and their Managing Director, Melanee Blankstein, received the award in Gainesville during the 2017 Convening Culture Conference, February 22 & 23 in Gainesville, FL. Convening Culture is a statewide cultural conference that brings together individuals working in arts and culture in Florida for two days of informative sessions, facilitated discussions and networking opportunities. The conference was presented by Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc., a statewide non-profit organization that works to support the efforts of the Division of Cultural Affairs.
Monies received by Young Singers of the Palm Beaches will be used to support their “Choir in the Glades,” an after school choir program offered free to elementary and middle school children in the Belle Glade area. Led by music professionals, Choir in the Glades provides not only choral instruction and performance techniques, but also fulfills Young Singers’ mission of “teaching life skills through music,” as singers also learn to work as a team, appreciate other cultures, give back to the community, and build pride and self-esteem.
About Young Singers: Young Singers of the Palm Beaches' core program, based at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, celebrates its 14th season as Palm Beach County's premiere community children's chorus. They serve over 350 singers in six choirs, as well as over a thousand children in their Choir in the Glades, after-school, and summer outreach programs. Young Singers’ programming is led by music professionals who provide quality choral instruction and enrichment.
(Pictured left to right) Young Singers’ Melanee Blankstein, Florida’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner, and Young Singers’ CEO Beth Clark.