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February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

Arts Express sponsors wonderful programs for children. I have been a part of Let Freedom Sing and Follow the Star over the past year. It was amazing!

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I don't know of any changes.

February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

I have been involved with Arts Express Let Freedom Sing for several years as a participant in the choir. I am honored to be a part of this community outreach. It gives me such joy to see so many happy faces waving flags and appreciating the patriotic music. Children are always involved as they carry the flags. What a valuable heritage we are passing on to the younger generation. We are a part of the most wonderful country on earth and this is truly a time to honor our heroes, both in the military and in our community.

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I have seen how the fine arts academy as impacted many youth in our community.

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I would try to include more people to get involved.

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

The concert was a true blessing and a wonderful spiritual uplift. We have attended the concerts that have been presented for the last 10 years, and each one gets better and better.

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attending worship each week and being uplifted by their music and by their director

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I have none to make

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

Arts Express is changing lives and the community through the power of the arts. Music is healing to the soul and enriches all of our lives. Our children can only benefit from this fine organization.

My husband and I have had the opportunity to play and sing in the concerts of Arts
Express and CFC under the direction of Dr. Joan Ashcraft. Our participation has been rewarding in the sharing of the joy and spiritual uplifting that only music can provide.

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..sharing in the joy of giving our God given talents back to the community.

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Make known it's cause to more people so that potential donors would provide gifts in order for more children to benefit through scholarships.

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

I have sung in Choirs under Joan Ashcraft for 5 years. Her conducting brings out the best in vocal & instrumental performers, and pleases audiences of all ages and experience!
Arts Express also greatly benefits the younger, upcoming musicians in many of Tucson's schools under the OMA Program
(Opening Minds Through the Arts). As we have heard in the media, many school's budgets will not be able to include training in Fine Arts/Music, and Arts Express will be able to provide such at little cost to Student or School.
Their programs are win/wins for individual & the Public alike!!!

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my personal participation, and in our grandchildren's lives

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Expand community involvement AND Benefits by expanding its operating budget

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

I have been involved with Arts Express for at least ten years. I remember singing at the Tucson Community Center in a program of patriotic songs right after 9:11/01.
It was a beautiful, moving experience.

Tucson, Arizona schools won awards in the 1950s with some of the most
innovative and creative programs to teach arts in the schools in competition with the best across the nation. In the late 1960s, however, the courts decreed that money which had heretofore been devoted to arts programs should be diverted for other purposes because the courts ruled that Tucson schools were segregated, and that flaw had to be corrected. Tucson Schools continue under the desegregation rules to this day, and no program for the arts received extensive funding from the schools or the state. Arts Express and Opening Minds through the Arts are two programs which have been developed to fill this void.

Arts Express is producing students whose education is more well-rounded, whose overall grade point averages are better and who are more eager to learn. Arts Express also has programs for adults which people of all ages attend enthusiastically. I feel fortunate and grateful when I sing in the programs of Arts Express, because a person is never too old to enjoy music.

Arts Express also encourages the other arts - dance, drawing, drama - and for thousands of Tucson children who might very well not have the opportunity otherwise to be involved in the arts, Arts Express is a blessing.

I endorse Arts Express enthusiastically.

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Participation in choir

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February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

One of the most important facets of growing up and on into adulthood is the joy and satisfaction of participating in music. It adds an extra dimension to life which can always be enjoyed.
Arts Express provides opportunities to both young and old to do this by participating in Follow the
Star, Centennial Holiday and Let Freedom Sing.
I have participated in these various programs for the past 12 years and am impressed with the quality of direction,the musicians, the artists behind the scenes, the costuming, excellent soloists, chorus and the enthusiastic "can do" volunteers.

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seeing it grow and become more excellent in talent and scope since its beginning.

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hope they could expand programming even more, have funds to update costumes and sets and to rent larger venues to reach more people.

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

We have attended Follow the Star program by Art Express, and we were impressed with the quality of performance and production (costume, set design, etc). We applaud Art Express for providing a great opportunity for bringing together a variety of people in Tucson to gain first-hand experience in the performing arts and, in the process, creating a sense of community.


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Audience in Tucson

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they are the best

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

Arts Express is a true gift the the Tucson community. The organization brings joy and hope to the city through its various productions and educational outreach to youth of Southern Arizona. It has been a pleasure to be associated with such a wonderful organization.

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witnessing first hand the knowledge gained and the transformations that take place in the lives of youth after attending the Fine Arts Youth Academy.

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increase the number of productions each year. The community can't get enough!

February 20, 2011

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February 20, 2011

Arts Express has been a part of my life for nearly ten years now. I have volunteered as a makeup artist as well as cast member for Follow the Star, and I have always thoroughly enjoyed it and felt a part of the Arts Express family. I have also been in the audience to watch many performances of Follow the Star and Let Freedom Sing, and it is an amazing, heart-warming and wonderful experience every time.

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It is a great organization in which the community works very closely with each other to put on wonderful shows for the public.

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It would be great if there were more opportunities for plays/concerts throughout the year.

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