FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

American Festival for the Arts Wants You To Get WACKed!

HOUSTON, TX (November 26, 2012)American Festival for the Arts (AFA), Houston’s finest provider of music education programs for young people, announces a new grassroots initiative called Washington Avenue Cares about Kids (WACK). WACK gives the Washington Avenue business district a unique opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to quality music education in Houston, as well as strengthening the bonds of community.

“Being that AFA is located in a 100 year old historic building (the former Albert F. Keller Grocery Store) at the corner of Lubbock and Sabine, we take great pride in the Washington Avenue district and look forward to becoming active participants in the business community. We hope our friends in the neighborhood will help us by taking a stand for arts education,” says Dr. Michael Remson, Executive & Artistic Director of American Festival for the Arts.

By making a donation of $250 or more in cash or goods and services, area businesses are showing their commitment to Houston’s kids. In return for your generous donation, businesses will receive logo and URL placement on the WACK web page, logo inclusion in all WACK publicity and AFA concert programs, invitations to all AFA concerts and special events and more.

The WACK fundraising goal of $10,000 is expected to be reached between now and July 2013. Proceeds raised through WACK will benefit the AFA Scholarship Enrichment Fund. This fund provides tuition and transportation scholarships for students in AFA programs, it sponsors free residencies at area schools, and underwrites student performances throughout the Bayou City.

For more information or to make a contribution, visit http://www.AFAtexas.org/WACK.

About American Festival for the Arts (AFA):
American Festival for the Arts (AFA) offers Houston’s finest music programs for youth — programs that make musical development and accomplishment a vehicle for personal learning and growth. Each year, AFA presents its signature Summer Music Conservatory and a variety of outstanding year-round experiences including the Houston Girls Chorus, the Chamber Music Academy and the Composer Institute. In addition, AFA’s Community Partnerships bring the best of its curriculum to area schools and community centers, including KIPP Academy and the Center for Hearing and Speech. Taken together, AFA serves nearly one thousand young people every year and presents dozens of free performances and outreach concerts throughout the greater Houston area.

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