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ART Programs: Encouraging all forms of artistic expression to help youth realize their unique and creative selves.
“I fell in love with art around the age of six. Art was my only outlet. Aside from music, art is the thing that I like to escape. And I appreciate other artists who have that talent and that eye for detail and eye for their own imagination. Art is a part of my life and it influences me completely.”
Kids need a place to create and to have fun. Chris grew up in the town of Tappahannock, VA where there are limited resources for arts education and recreation. Chris’s mother Joyce and Aunt Christine have been working with the community to create an arts and recreation program to give the kids the space to learn, to have fun and, above all, to be themselves.
In February of 2013, eleven extraordinary dancers were awarded full scholarships to the Debbie Allen Dance Academy as the class of 2013 Symphonic Love Scholars. Chris will work with Ms. Debbie Allen to inspire and support the dancers throughout their intensive year of training. Each of the Scholars will train in comprehensive dance techniques, which is part of the mission of DADA, to be able to speak the language of dance anywhere in the world. At the end of the year, the scholars will perform in the annual DADA concert and be invited to participate in various auditions. Chris shares the principles of DADA that “Arts education empowers and defines self-esteem, discipline, creativity and self-confidence.”
SLF is partnering with Creative Visions Foundation to launch “Rock Your World”, and online and in-classroom program to inspire young people to use their creativity to affect positive change. The program will enable young people everywhere to tap into their creative sparks and raise awareness and action around the issues that matter most to them.
Chris found out that due to decreases in funding in this difficult economy, kids from HOLA – Heart of Los Angeles were lacking transportation to HOLA’s arts and recreation programs. So, Chris bought HOLA vehicles to take nearly 500 kids each year to HOLA’s programs.
Express yourself with Symphonic Love! SLF encourages fans throughout the year to create artwork inspired by a common theme. The interactive GALLERY showcases the variety of original artwork displaying how we are all unique but still connected by our humanity. Visit the GALLERY and start creating.
All of Chris’ proceeds from his artwork are donated to Symphonic Love Foundation. Chris collaborates with acclaimed artists including Romero Britto, Ron English and Slick to create original artwork to benefit Symphonic Love and its partner nonprofits. Original artwork is shown at the Corey Helford Gallery. Check out the NEWS section for Chris’ latest work. Go behind the scenes of Chris’ collaboration with Romero Britto and Slick: