Just got this message from J&D:
We did it. You may not remember, but in a message I sent all of you back in November/December, I said that J&D was aiming to reach 300 students this year. With your help, we did just that–315, to be exact.
This is a thank you message, plain and simple. Thank you for contributing to J&D. Your donations helped the program reach each and every one of these students at a time when schools are cutting not only arts education, but even social studies at the elementary level. As such, J&D is filling a void in our public education system. It is promoting and preserving our American culture not just through an appreciation of jazz–our nation’s classical music–but also by having children view our system of government and their very lives through the lens of this most democratic art forms–a unique approach, to be certain.
J&D is special, and you are special to its existence and success. Thank you for supporting a program that seeks to not only broaden students’ minds academically, but also expand their ability to see and analyze the world in new and profound ways.
And now for a little lagniappe. A recent interview aired last night on KALW 91.7FM San Francisco that asks the question, “What does jazz have to do with democracy?” You can find some answers here: http://kalw.org/post/whats-
Onward and upward.
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