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File #: 0057X-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/23/2017 In control: Tyson
On agenda: 2/27/2017 Final action: 3/2/2017
Title: To recognize and congratulate Ms. Catherine T. Willis and Urban Strings on 10 years of musical excellence - preserving African American History and culture by exposing urban youth and communities to music composed and arranged by African American artists.
Sponsors: Priscilla Tyson, Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Shannon G. Hardin, Jaiza Page, Michael Stinziano, Zach M. Klein

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To recognize and congratulate Ms. Catherine T. Willis and Urban Strings on 10 years of musical excellence - preserving African American History and culture by exposing urban youth and communities to music composed and arranged by African American artists.


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WHEREAS, Urban strings is the result of a dream by Ms. Catherine T. Willis a life-long educator committed to making a positive impact on the life of the youth of Columbus and Central Ohio; and

WHEREAS, Urban Strings is a Central Ohio-based community youth orchestra comprised of young, talented musicians from private, parochial, charter and public schools who perform music ranging from classical, jazz, gospel, R&B, negro spirituals, the cinema, and other types of music to which they might not otherwise be exposed - revealing the beauty and importance of string instruments and music; and

WHEREAS, Urban Strings also seeks to provide an opportunity for its instrumentalists to hone proper performance techniques for their respective instruments - placing a high value on academic performance, preparing participants to become well-rounded college applicants; and

WHEREAS, 2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the founding of Urban Strings which began with 2 students from Champion Middle School and now has 46 students ranging from ages 8 to 18; and

WHEREAS, last year the students from Urban Strings had an opportunity to tour and perform in and around Washington D.C. - visiting a number of historically significant historical sites including Howard University, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the home of Frederick Douglas, and the African American Civil War Museum - they also performed at a D.C. Integrated Arts school, at two historic churches, Ben’s Chili Bowl -as well as deliver over 33 performances in Central Ohio; and

WHEREAS, 2017, the 10th celebratory year will feature special concerts and master classes with special acclaimed professional guests, fundraising for a Southern tour to take place ...

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