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PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION INC
January 30, 2011

My move to North Carolina from California came along with a professional change from the public to the private sector. I've seen, first hand, the challenges to Arts Education during tough economic times while watching California schools respond to the economic fallout of the dot.com crash at the turn of the century.

Here in North Carolina I became a supporter of the Philharmonic Association because of it's history supporting and strengthening the quality of arts education here in the Triangle. In addition to creating appreciation for the Arts, Music and The Arts education fosters a culture of creativity and innovation that will help the US compete more effectively in the competitive global economy.

Two of the current focus areas of the PA are 1) to respond to recent budget cuts to Strings programs in the Wake County Schools, and 2) to identify permanent performing and rehearsal space for the youth orchestras.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've talked to student performers, parents, alumni and community members who have all benefited from PA programs in different ways. Alumni in particular identify the personal and professional skills they learn in addition to the music skills. These skills include, self-confidence, teamwork, and self-discipline.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Focus as much on building arts appreciation for those who young people not currently familiar w/ classical music as supporting those whose families are already familiar with and committed to classical music training.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I served on the board and worked on communications and promotion strategy to strengthen internal and external communication for the organization.