The power of the arts is to remind us that we each have something to offer while illuminating what we all have in common. The arts help us understand our history and imagine our future, they give us hope in the moments of struggle, and they bring us together when nothing else will.
ART IS A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE.
The arts create a space for victims of trauma and hardship to express themselves, engage with peers, gain confidence and process complex emotions. The arts awaken the imagination and encourage dreams, growing beauty and hope in otherwise dark places.
It is through our music, literature, art, drama and dance that we tell the story of our past and we express our hopes for the future. Artists challenge our assumptions in ways that others can not. They expand our understandings and push us to view our world in new and unexpected ways. When language barriers and life experiences divide, art draws together. When hearts are lifted by the notes of a song or souls are stirred by a vision on a canvas, walls come down.
ART UNLOCKS DREAMS.
The harsh daily realities of the developing world demand a survival mode that leaves little room for personal growth, artistic expression or dreams. Young people must imagine the future before it can be realized. We are committed to fostering dreams, harnessing independence, cultivating leadership and developing ingenuity by providing artistic outlets for youth. Music academies, fine arts training, dance troupes and design workshops strengthen the imagination, teach perseverance and discipline, encourage creative problem solving, form trusting relationships and create opportunities for discipleship.
The Academy of Music exists to provide classical training and public performance opportunities to musically gifted orphans and vulnerable children. Our mission is to cultivate talent and mature artistry while alleviating the burden of material needs, so that each student is freed to dream and inspired to strive toward his or her goals. We focus on community schools, orphanages and underprivileged communities to select and register talented orphans and vulnerable children to be students at the Academy.
“If I didn’t have a chance to attend the Academy,
I would be like one of the girls in the street calling to
be prostitute or something like that, but, I had to
force myself into music in order to keep away
from those things. Instead of going out at night,
I would spend time practicing on my instrument.”
MYRAH MOONGA SIANONGO
MUSIC ACADEMY STUDENT
STORIES OF TRANSFORMATION