There are many who believe in the therapeutic and healing abilities of the arts. One program called Sing for Hope was founded in 2006 with the sole purpose of providing access to the arts to those who might not otherwise have it. Groups who participate include underprivileged youth, critically ill patients and even nursing home residents who are overjoyed at the opportunity to participate in such an inspirational program. The ultimate goal is to ignite the creative spark in all, whatever that means to each individual.
Founded by two ladies who are best friends, Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus, Sing for Hope was created by their common belief in the ability of the arts to transform lives and even entire communities. And transform lives they have. Just since 2006, thousands of artists have had an opportunity to volunteer and contribute to their communities in a way that they may not have otherwise had access to.
Camille and Monica continue to travel, spreading the word about their project at such events as the fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, Aspen Ideas Festival, Skoll Foundation and the U.N. They also blog regularly for the Huffington Post and have been honored by many different organizations for their efforts and contributions.
Sing for Hope has transformed thousands of lives through the New York City area by making the arts accessible to anyone. Because of the volunteer efforts of over 1500 artists including singers, actors, musicians, dancers, artists and more under-privileged children, families, hospital patients and thousands of others are given hope. Sing for Hope strives to bring the most dynamic artists to those who would never enjoy their talents otherwise. All who enjoy the performances and programs provided do so free of charge. The entire environment is immersed in the arts, as well as those who enter. For example, because there are 88 keys on a piano, Sing for Hope had 88 specially designed pianos donated to take to parks, public venues and other places in New York for everyone to enjoy – either by playing or listening. The pianos were individually designed by volunteer artists, making each one a “one of a kind” piano.
Quoted from Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and a Sing for Hope Board Member: “I believe we have a responsibility and a built-in urge to use our talents and innate gifts to help improve the lives of those less fortunate. Sing for Hope Volunteer Artists do this every day – from a hospital room in Hell’s Kitchen, to an after-school program in the South Bronx, to The Sing for Hope Pianos on the city streets. I am inspired by this work and proud to be a part of an organization that transforms the lives of under-served New Yorkers on a daily basis.”
What more is there to say? Sing for Hope is completely run by volunteers, donations and the generous efforts and dedication of all who are a part of this amazing program. Click here to find out more and perhaps become a part of the effort in your own community!v
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