Monday, June 15, 2020 – 5:00PM
Norman B. Leventhal Park – 130 Congress Street
We are pleased to recognize Jim and Cathy Stone as the 2020 recipients of the Inspire Arts & Music Champion Award, which was established to honor individuals who have been extraordinary leaders for the arts.
Through their charitable organization, the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation, Jim and Cathy are exemplary candidates for this prestigious recognition. The Stones’ civic leadership and philanthropic spirit clearly embody what this award stands for.
The Stones have a distinguished history of supporting an array of worthwhile non-profits. Whether chairing the Board of the School on the Move Prize, launching the Museum of African American History Stone Book Award, or serving the people of Boston via their commitment to conservation, the environment and urban affairs, their time, expertise, effort and generosity is an example for all.
Inspire Arts & Music is thrilled to officially present Jim and Cathy with our Champion Award at our 7th annual Concert in the Park on June 15th.
Concert in the Park is the debut spring concert event featuring the best youth performing groups of New England’s Inspire Arts & Music. The evening concert is headlined by IAM’s premier performing group, the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps as they prepare for their summer tour across the country. The evening is capped off with a cocktail reception for sponsors.
Inspire Arts & Music impacted more than 20,000 young people in 2019 – diverse in age, experience and demography – by providing performing arts opportunities. Our City of Boston programs experienced growth, adding free music programming at the Salesian East Boston Boys & Girls Club, and the Boston YMCA. These programs are free of charge as Inspire provides the expert instruction and musical instruments while partnering with long standing city youth resource hubs like the Hyde Park Community Center, and the Walter F. Denney Center (Dorchester Boys and Girls Club). We were also able to award twenty-two performing arts scholarships to exceptional young performers in the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and four scholastic scholarships to Great East Music Festival participants heading off to college – over $47,000 in scholarships! We are also investing in our building’s critical infrastructure needs to ensure long term sustainability of our programming.
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