Text-To-Give Partnership with Americans for the Arts
Groban is partnering with Americans for the Arts to launch a joint text-to-give campaign, which will run for the duration of his Straight to You tour in 2011. Proceeds from the campaign will go to support both The Find Your Light Foundation and Americans for the Arts as they work to ensure every child and young adult in America has access to qualityarts education experiences. Text ART to 50555 to make a $10 donation to support the cause.
“I am thrilled to partner with Josh and his Find Your Light Foundation,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “As a member of our Artists Committee, Josh has been a tireless supporter of arts education and a great friend to Americans for the Arts. With this new partnership and campaign, we will be expanding our work together to fight to ensure that all children have the means to receive the quality arts education they deserve.”
“I am thankful to have such a strong partner in Americans for the Arts,” says Groban. “For more than 50 years, they have been on the front lines, championing the cause of arts education, and I am proud to stand alongside them in thiswork.”
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With offices in Washington,D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.
Local Nonprofit Recognition
As part of the text-to-give campaign, Groban is inviting the head of an arts education nonprofit; the artists, students and/or teachers who provide services for the nonprofit; and the children and young adults who receive services from the nonprofit to attend his concert and be recognized from the stage. They will also have the opportunity to meet Groban prior to the performance. In addition, the new Find Your Light Foundation will make a cash donation to the chosen nonprofit. Groban will start this element of the campaign in Minneapolis, where he will shine the spotlight on Free Arts Minnesota, an organization dedicated to bringing the healing powers of artistic expression into the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families.
The organizations chosen for Minneapolis and Green Bay stops on the Straight To You Tour are:
Free Arts Minnesota: Friday, July 8th, Target Center
Free Arts programs seek to interrupt the cycle of violence. Through painting, drawing, music, writing, drama and other creative outlets, the program serves as a catalyst to help children communicate and express themselves in new and positive ways.
Opera for the Young, Madison: Saturday, July 9th, Green Bay Resch Center
Founded in 1970, Opera for the Young’s mission is to ignite enthusiasm for opera.
In pursuit of that mission, OFY COLLABORATE, EDUCATEand CREATE. The multifaceted world of opera provides a dynamic vehicle for growth within each child and their school community. OFY involves students in all aspects of the show – from design to performance. In this engaging manner, Opera for the Young is unlike any program in the nation.
Charitable Causes Since 2004
Since 2004, we have supported the following charitable causes through donations and projects led by Josh’s fans:
- Siyawela (formerly Zamimpilo Orphanage) / NOAH (KwaMashu, South Africa)
- Operation USA (for Tsunami Relief, Niger, Katrina Relief and Haiti Relief)
- Mercy Corps (for Tsunami Relief)
- Save the Children (for Tsunami Relief)
- South Central Scholar Fund
- Toys for Tots
- Project 46664 (Nelson Mandela’s Charity to fight AIDS in Africa)
- LACHSA (Los Angeles County High School for the Arts)
- LACHSA Alumni Association
- Riley’s Children’s Hospital
- Shriners and Children’s Hospitals
- Point Hope (Delilah’s Charity to help the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana, W. Africa)
- St. Mary’s Dominican School in New Orleans
- Batonga (Angelique Kidjo’s Charity to help women and children in Africa)
- Optimist Foster Family Agency Services
- Hogar de Refugio Infantil Orphanage in Mexico
- Greenbay Elementary School in Chicago, IL
- A Touch of Love Foundation
- Arnel Pineda Foundation
- Community Transitional School (in Portand, OR)
- African Children’s Choir
- Zambia Scholarship Fund