NOVEMBER 8th. ART AUCTION "HeArt Strings"
Bahama Village Music Program brings local artists and old instruments together for online art sale fundraiser
Twenty celebrated Key West artists will offer their “HeArt Strings” artwork created on old instruments in support of Bahama Village Music Program’s online fundraiser, set for Friday, November 8, on the non-profit organization’s Facebook and Instagram platforms. Event profits, funds much needed due to the outfall of COVID-19, will be split 50/50 to support the artists and the island’s only free music education school.
“BVMP is primarily funded by generous arts supporters and creative fundraisers,” says Executive Director Katchen Duncan. “Since March 2020, we’ve had to cancel over a dozen in-person fundraisers, including our 20th Birthday Bash, and many annual events like Fats Navarro Day and Sugarloaf Oktoberfest.”
Participating artists include Eric Anfinson, Kassie Burnette, Fran Decker, Cricket Desmarais, Kate Divoll, Kate Fago, Tony Gregory, Ben Harrison, Pam Hobbs, Marlene Koenig, Karen Luknis, Mike Marrero, Lauren P. McAloon, Jack McDonald, Bucky Montgomery, Jim Salem, Jimm Sherington, Emma Starr, B Lucy Stevens, and Rick Worth. The artists were invited to transform a “retired” string instrument into a creative masterpiece to be sold at a fixed price selected by them.
Bahama Village Music Program is a comprehensive music school that fosters important mentor relationships between local teenage musicians and their students and has taught over 20,000 lessons to more than 2,000 children since 1999. The program has grown to include free summer camps for BVMP students, free dance lessons with Dance Key West, yearly full-tuition scholarships and grants to student teachers to attend the Berklee College of Music’s Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive, and full-scale musical theater productions with Keys Kids Junior and House of Pan Steel Pan Band at Horace O’Bryant School— inspiring children island-wide to discover the musician within.
“We are happy to have an ‘event’ that not only brings in money for our program, but for other artists, too,” says Duncan.
For more information, email BVMP board member Cricket Desmarais at Cricket@bvmpkw.org or Executive Director Katchen Duncan at Katchen@bvmpkw.org. BVMP- Celebrating 21 years of free music education. It takes a village.
IMAGE: Key West artist Marlene Koenig takes her talent to a new surface in the upcoming Bahama Village Music Program “HeArt Strings” online art sale fundraiser, set for Friday, November 8, on the non-profit organization’s Facebook and Instagram platforms. Event profits, funds much needed due to the outfall of COVID-19, will be split 50/50 to support the artists and the island’s only free music education school.
IMAGE 2 : Ben just delivered his HeArt String creation for the BVMP fundraiser:
“My HeArt String was already roughed in by the students of the BVMP. What had been graffiti on an unplayable instrument, helped me understand how much the program means to them. The guitar had ‘Bahama Village Music Program’ sketched in marvelous script on the face, which I highlighted. Then on the neck, first fret in faded sharpie, was ‘Robin Kaplan’. On the last fret was ‘Katchen Duncan’. The names of other random luminaries are in between.
All I did was add a few musicians.
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