The Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) of the Organization of the American States (OAS) invites to all public to a free concert next week to introduce the OAS Youth Orchestras Program for the Caribbean, an educational program for social inclusion of youth at risk through music.
This music program is possible thanks to a collaboration with the DC Youth Orchestra Program and its DC Junior Philharmonic (DCYOP), which will be playing in the concert along with a live concert transmission from the Caribbean. This OAS program initially is reaching students in Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia.
Come and support this great effort to educate talented children of the Caribbean. The concert will be held next Friday December 11, at 6:30 PM at the OAS Hall of the Americas, located in the corner of 17th Street NW & Constitution Avenue NW, on the National Mall and nearby the White House See Map bellow.
Free Parking on C Street NW. Metro: Farragut North (Red Line) or Farragut West and Smithsonian (Orange/Blue Lines). Refreshments will be served.
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According to the DCYOP Facebook page, the OAS Youth Orchestras Program was started in October 2009, is modeled after the Venezuelan Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles -see website- and it has also partnered with the Colombian Batuta Foundation, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Interamerican Cultural and Development Foundation, Yéle Haiti, and Quebec’s Jeune Musiciens du Monde, before working with the DC Youth Orchestra.
VIDEO - The DC Youth Orchestra at the Verizon Center
Detail to consider: while the DC public schools high school graduation rate is 57%, the DCYOP students graduation rate is 100%. Music is good for people.