Group helps promote music, art education

I think it’s safe to say that we are all aware of the school budget cuts happening across our state, specifically within the music and arts programs. However, what some may not be aware of are the untapped resources that certain community organizations have available to school districts across Western New York that would help alleviate the burden of these budget cuts.

Music is Art is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2004 by Goo Goo Dolls bassist and Buffalo native Robby Takac, that I recently checked out after hearing of its successful music and art festival in September. I visited its website and was surprised to find out that it has a number of other musically oriented programs including an Instrument Drive (this is the untapped resource I was referring to). Through the donation of instruments and monetary contributions, the organization refurbishes the instruments and donates them to area schools based on need. Teachers or administrators can go to the website and apply for the instrument(s) their program needs.

I am a mother of four children living in the Buffalo Public School District, and I recognize the important role music and art plays in the education of our children. I believe that any resources our community has to offer toward the limited budgets for music and art education should be utilized and promoted. It is organizations like Music is Art that provide the support, hope and drive needed to inspire our children’s creativity both in and outside of the classroom.

Tracy Cooley