Posted February 15th 2019
JOAN KATZ NAPOLI DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA AND COUNCILMAN KEVIN CONWELL D-WARD 6
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day a group of five Cleveland nonprofit and public organizations kicked off a three month donation drive for gently-used musical instruments. The instruments will be assessed, repaired, and gifted to children participating in recreation center programs in the Glenville Neighborhood in Cleveland’s 9th Ward. The effort is a collaboration of Arts Cleveland, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Cleveland City Council, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and The Cleveland Orchestra. The goal of Play It Forward Cleveland! is to give children the opportunity to experience the pride, joy, and lifetime benefits music-making provides.
The community still has two opportunities to drop off previously loved, playable instruments at Severance Hall, home of The Cleveland Orchestra, located at 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, in University Circle. A drive-up collection area will be set up on East Boulevard near Euclid Avenue on Sunday, February 17 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Gently-used instruments will be accepted including those requiring minor repairs (no toy instruments or large instruments such as pianos, organs, etc. will be accepted). Donors will be asked to complete a short form so that a verified donation receipt can be provided. The donation form can be filled out in advance, and is available at ArtsCleveland.org/playitforward.
Individuals without instruments who would like to support this program may contribute to the Instrument Repair Fund by visiting ArtsCleveland.org/playitforward.
For many, it is difficult to imagine a world without music. But for countless children in Cleveland, this is the reality. Cleveland City Councilman, Kevin Conwell, initially envisioned this instrument donation drive and brought the concept to Arts Cleveland following his recognition at their 2018 Public Officials Recognition Breakfast for his efforts to support arts and culture. As Cleveland and Cuyahoga County’s ambassador of arts and culture, Arts Cleveland invited The Cleveland Orchestra, Center for Arts Inspired Learning, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District to partner in this project. These organizations each have substantial efforts underway in providing Cleveland children with access to music, music education and the equipment needed to implement such programming. More information about each organization can be found on their websites and below.
About the Collaborators
- Arts Cleveland works to advance the arts and culture community in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. https://artscleveland.org
- The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning ignites student learning, creativity, and success through the arts. https://arts-inspiredlearning.org/
- Cleveland City Council, the legislative branch of the City of Cleveland, serves citizens by monitoring city departments, approving budgets, and enacting legislation to improve the quality of life in an effective and financially responsible way. http://www.clevelandcitycouncil.org
- The Cleveland Metropolitan School District envisions 21st Century Schools of Choice where students will be challenged with a rigorous curriculum that considers the individual learning styles, program preferences and academic capabilities of each student, while utilizing the highest quality professional educators, administrators and support staff available. http://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/
At Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center, and in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio communities, The Cleveland Orchestra inspires and enriches lives by creating extraordinary musical experiences at the highest level of artistic excellence. As the Orchestra embarks on its Second Century, its vision and aspirational goal is to provide An Instrument for Every Child in the Cleveland area, enabling more children to play music and reap the lifelong benefits that music study provides. https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/education-and-community/education-overview/