Declared “one of the most quietly earth-shattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over” by The Oxford American Magazine, Big Ears Festival is a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance and the visual arts.
Named “one of the top arts-and humanities-based programs in the country” by the National Endowment for the Arts and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the Community School of the Arts gives inner-city and rural area youth the opportunity to unlock their potential through free lessons and classes in the visual, performing, and culinary arts. The school also provides all instruments and supplies, offers volunteer tutoring services to youngsters who are struggling academically, and builds long-term mentoring relationships to help students determine their futures.
The Joy of Music School provides free individual music lessons, classes, and instruments to hundreds of financially disadvantaged children every week. All teachers, over 100 in number, are volunteers. Over 1,200 children received free music instruction in lessons and outreach classes last year.