We wanted to share with you news on how the Father Ryan Arts Center has become a focal point for community expression, support and healing.
During the past year, we've been hosting two youth dance teams – Pretty Young Ladies and Dancing Soldiers 412 – led by dedicated volunteer artists and parents. They've been rehearsing and performing at the Father Ryan Arts Center, throughout the area and even in Atlanta and Chicago. The two teams are engaging at-risk youth with compelling activities that promote teamwork and personal development. We've seen remarkable parent engagement in these two talented teams. The teams' successes have attracted other groups, building a dance community for youth centered at the Father Ryan Arts Center.
This week, we were moved when the teams' engagement reached a new level. Pretty Young Ladies' leadership had a personal connection with Kelvin Lovelace, the 14-year-old who was shot and killed on May 17 in East Hills. The dance teams responded to this tragedy by putting together - in just three days - a benefit performance to help the Lovelace family with funeral expenses. The Justice for Kelvin Lovelace Benefit was held last night at Ryan Arts and raised $1,100 for the family.
WPXI covered the performance, which can be viewed, here.
We've been focused on making sure the Father Ryan Arts Center serves the needs of the entire community so we're pleased that Ryan Arts could plan a catalytic role in a time of crisis. We're gratified to see the arts begin to play a larger role in this community.
All the best,
Focus on Renewal
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