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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Music

Mission: The Pacific Arts Association (PAA) of Blaine, WA is dedicated to promoting the arts in the community by offering concerts, events and a music festival and camp designed to educate, entertain and inspire participants and audiences.

Results: Since 2002, PAA has organized the annual Drayton Harbor Music Festival (formerly the Blaine Jazz Festival). This unique, weeklong festival features world-class musicians coming together in scenic Blaine, WA to teach young musicians each day and perform for the community at night.

Target demographics: Young musicians ages 12-19.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In July 2015, we organized the weeklong Drayton Harbor Music Festival; offering 18 deserving youth scholarships to attend our music camp.

Geographic areas served: Whatcom County, Washington State & British Columbia, Canada

Programs: The Drayton Harbor Music Festival welcomes pre-college students with experience in all musical styles and instruments; featuring four unique paths for our students: Jazz – focuses on large and small group playing as well as jazz improvisation studies Vocal – features our excellent jazz choirs and soloists, Classical to Contemporary – a great program for those students who come from a concert band/orchestral background Let's Rock – focuses on music from the genres of rock, pop, blues, and more.

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Rating: 5

My son first attended the festival the summer before his Freshman year in high school. He then went on to become the very first Freshman to make it into Jazz I in the school's history. I believe it was solely due to the caliber and relaxed atmosphere of the faculty that is brought in to teach. Even though the camp is small and inexpensive, they are able to bring in master musician's from around the country. As a 13 year old, he was exposed to music theory that he normally wouldn't have experienced until a much later age. It grew his confidence and made him want to excel. I truly believe, that Drayton Harbor was what started and encouraged his music career. He has attended the camp for the past 4 years and will be graduating this year and heading to college on a music scholarship.

Comments ( 1 )

Eloisa Thank you of your thoughtful review, Krista21. We appreciate knowing your son has had a positive experience during our music festival and camp. On behalf of Pacific Arts Association, congratulations to your son on his music scholarship and taking the next step in his musical and academic education!