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20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Alfredo S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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