On a recent Wednesday night, 35 musicians, artists, actors, and dancers gathered in our colorful Midtown office. The occasion? National Volunteer Week, the perfect opportunity to celebrate the generous Volunteer Artists at the heart of Sing for Hope ™s programming. Limited as we were to our modestly-sized office, we couldn ™t invite all of the 3,000+ artists who have volunteered with Sing for Hope over the past ten years – so we brought together the most senior members of our current roster with the very newest, those who had their first volunteer experience in 2015. As I watched our veteran volunteers share anecdotes with enthusiastic newcomers, we reflected on just how much our volunteer force has grown and diversified over the past few years.
The word is out: when it comes to equipping young people for success, creative expression matters. Arts education may once have been dismissed as extra-curricular and frivolous–but experts now see it as a potent tool to foster broader academic achievement. Arts programming, research now demonstrates, boosts standardized test scores