Saturday, August 14, 2010

Blues In The Schools

Inspired by a similar program in Charleston, S.C., acoustic jazz guitarist James "Curley" Cooke formed the non-profit Pacific Northwest Blues in the Schools in 1998. Designed for students with little or no prior experience, the courses last from one week to three months, with an average of 16 sessions.

Pacific NW "Blues in the Schools" is a 501-C3 tax exempt non-profit organization in the Greater Seattle area that is one of the most successful and comprehensive Blues in the Schools programs existing in the United States today.

Their programs are taught by professional blues musicians and teachers from the Northwest, and they offer programs to local public school systems, private schools systems, community centers and institutions. Pacific Northwest Blues in the Schools seeks to provide a positive alternative activity for the youth of the Northwest, with many of their programs conducted during "prime risk," after-school hours.

Whether you are and blues artists or blues fan, help make a difference in kid's lives. Check out more about this great program and get invloved!!

"The Blues in Schools program is exactly the kind of outreach into the community that I wish were being done all over America. It is so important to let kids know about the incredibly rich contribution that Black music has made to so much of the music we love today. I salute the work Annette Taborn and Pacific NW Blues in Schools is doing to help build self-esteem and appreciation for this wonderful heritage." -- Bonnie Raitt


For more information and to get involved visit: bluesintheschools.org

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