Here at the Arc of Monroe, we currently have a couple of great music-based initiatives going on. Our very exciting, very first annual ArcBeat Music Festival will be taking place on June 15th at the Penfield Amphitheater (for more information click HERE), and you may have noticed that admission is FREE when you donate a new or gently used instrument. That’s because we are also currently hosting our first instrument drive to benefit the Arc’s music programs, and we hope you will be a part of both!
At the Arc, we have two main music programs that help enrich the lives of the people we support. At Community Arts Connection, Music Coordinator Anthony teaches classes in piano, guitar, the history of rock & roll, improvisation, song writing & production, and more. He also directs the Gregory Street Blues Band, which is an eclectic ensemble that performs all types of music throughout the community. The objective of the music program at CAC is to help the people we support develop new skills, build confidence, and achieve musical goals that they never thought possible.
At Ballantyne Day Services, we focus on supporting geriatric adults with disabilities who are looking for a more laid back atmosphere. The music enrichment program, run by me, Melissa, includes a large bell choir, a creative movement group, karaoke, drum circles, on and off site entertainment, and weekly classes and activities. At Ballantyne, we aim to keep the people we support active and improve their quality of life as they age.
While both programs are already providing amazing opportunities for the people we support, being a not-for-profit does mean our budgets for instruments or repairs are tight. Musical instruments and equipment are expenses that add up quickly, especially when our supplies see so much wear-and-tear from regular use. So we are looking to you, our community, for help! We know that many people have some old instrument hiding in the back of a closet collecting dust, and we’d love it if you’d let us put those to good use.
Community Arts Connection’s biggest need is keyboards with headphone jacks to help better meet the needs of people in the piano classes. They could also benefit from electric guitars and accessories, amps, cords, microphones, and any percussion. At Ballantyne, we have a ton of interest in starting a guitar club, so acoustic guitars or ukuleles of any size are our highest priority. We’d also love more drums to expand our drum circles and instruments from around the world to enhance our multicultural experiences. In addition, have several people looking for instrument lessons, so anything from back in your school band or orchestra days would be great!
We hope that you will be willing to share your unused instruments with the people we support at the Arc. By doing so, you will be helping to increase the musical opportunities available to them and directly impact their overall well-being. Plus, it’s tax deductible AND you will get to join us at the ArcBeat Music Festival for FREE! It’s really a win-win for everyone.
If you are interested in donating or have any questions at all, please contact me, Melissa Davis, the Music Specialist at Ballantyne. I can help arrange drop off or pick up of your instrument, and get you a receipt and ticket to the festival. My contact information is below. Be sure to check our Facebook page for updates on how we are making beautiful music with your instrument!
Melissa Davis, Ballantyne Day Services, 10 Ballantyne Rd, (585)328-7340 x4111, firstname.lastname@example.org