“The value of your child is how they interpret the world and how they give meaning to you and your family. Lacking the arts, I think we lack the most direct pathway to accomplish that.”
We are so excited to present to the Baltimore School for the Arts, along with The Parkway Theater and Gay Chorus Deep South, a check for $1,000.00 from our recent double screening of the films.
While this check is only a modest amount, we hope the story of Richard and his journey through the B.S.A. and beyond will go on to inspire not only other ‘Richard Whites’ the world over but inspire towns, cities and governments to invest more in arts education.
Throughout the process of making this film, we have come to know the wonderful people of the Baltimore School for the Arts and why it’s such an important institution to our city.
Not only did the school provide the structure, creative outlet, and emotional support for Richard to go on his journey from “Sandtown to Symphony,” but they have done the same thing for thousands of other Baltimore kids who just need the right opportunity.
They respect each child’s natural individualism, they nurture their strengths, and they hold them accountable.
They use the arts as a doorway into each child’s universe of potential rather than an afterthought.
Why is art important?
Chris Ford, director of the school, said it best in the film “the value of your child is how they interpret the world and how they give meaning to you and your family. Lacking the arts, I think we lack the most direct pathway to accomplish that.”
There is no coincidence that every great society has also had a thriving culture of arts.
It’s time to recognize art not just as an elective, but critical to our humanity. S.T.E.M. education needs to be amended to S.T.E.A.M.
“After being so inspired by Raw Tuba in Telluride I fell completely in love with the BSA work and mission of using art and music as a tool for change that I just had to contribute in anyway I could. Because that is also my mission in my work and in life.”
We would also very much like to thank David Charles Rodrigues, the director of Gay Chorus Deep South, who worked with us to make this double screening happen, Jimmy White, a star of the film for flying across the country to donate his time, and The Parkway Theater for generously helping to accommodate this event.