Frye Art Museum / Arts Corps collaboration invited to White House

. February 4, 2010

Eight Arts Corps students and their two teaching artists – the creative force behind the Frye Art Museum’s exhibition I Wish I Knew Who I Was Before I Was Me – have been invited to attend the White House historic concert and education event on February 10 entitled “A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.”

Arts Corps
Arts Corps, the largest nonprofit arts educator in the Seattle area, fosters creative habits of mind in young people through a passionate corps of teaching artists. Photo: Laura O’Quinn

The invitation to attend the White House celebration began when the Grammy Foundation contacted Experience Music Project, who then contacted Kathleen Allen, Community Arts Liaison with Seattle Public Schools. Allen talked to the Grammy Foundation, learned more about the opportunity, and on seeing a live performance of the soundscape for I Wish I Knew Who I Was Before I Was Me at the opening celebration for the exhibition suggested that the student performers be invited to go and enthusiastically encouraged Arts Corps and the Frye to work to make this happen.

With the support of the Board of Trustees of the Frye Art Museum, the funds necessary to support the students’ travel to the White House have been provided equally by the Frye Foundation and an Arts Corps supporter who wishes to remain anonymous.

Arts Corps, the largest nonprofit arts educator in the Seattle area, fosters creative habits of mind in young people through a passionate corps of teaching artists. Active since 2000, Arts Corps brings the lifelong practices of persistence and discipline, critical thinking, courage and risk-taking, reflection and imagining possibilities to the classroom and beyond. MusicianCorps is a program of Music National Service run locally by Seattle’s Arts Corps. MusicianCorps is a prototype for the Artist and MusicianCorps as called for by President Obama and Congress in the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act.

I Wish I Knew Who I Was Before I Was Me is one of the Frye Art Museum’s three initiatives titled The Seattle Project which also includes the exhibition Public Belongings (with Path with Art) and the collaborative project The Center School Connection. These initiatives are presented through May 31 in conjunction with the exhibition Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History.

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