Art of Élan launched its third annual residency with the nationally recognized A Reason To Survive (ARTS), an organization that believes in the power of the arts and creativity to literally transform lives – especially those of kids facing adversity. Consisting of weekly workshops, where 9 ARTS Empower students and alumni have the opportunity to be individually mentored by professional Art of Élan musicians through unique apprenticeships, the Young Artists in Harmony residency culminated in two separate performances for the San Diego community.   The first of which was December 10th at ARTS in a concert offered FREE to the public.  This program featured world premiere works originally composed music by all 9 students to expose new audiences to the transformative power of music written today. Over 200 people attended last years performance, which was professionally recorded and is available for free streaming on Instant Encore.  In the second performance, the students ventured out of their home community and into the greater San Diego community to showcase their works at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park alongside the Art Institute’s Southern California/Baja Biennial showcased works.  The Mira Mesa High School Ensemble and the Coronado School of the Arts Ensemble, which were also mentored by Art of Élan musicians, provided the pre-concert open gallery atmosphere with their music.

Young Artists In Harmony 2016 from Young Artists in Harmony on Vimeo.

The Young Artists in Harmony program is generously supported by the Stensrud Foundation and Community Enhancement Funds from the County of San Diego.

About ARTS | A Reason To Survive:

ARTS | A Reason TARTSlogoo Survive is a nationally recognized organization that believes in the power of the arts and creativity to literally transform lives—especially those of youth facing major life challenges.  Multidisciplinary arts programs provided in a specially equipped 20,000 square-foot ARTS Center include a Music Room, Media Arts Lab, Performing Arts Space, Painting Studio, Mixed Media Studio, Ceramics Studio, the Industrial Arts and an ARTS Gallery.

Through a sequential program model of therapeutic arts programs, arts education, and real-world work experience, ARTS provides a guided Heal, Inspire, and Empower pipeline for youth to move from crises to college or careers. ARTS has created positive change in 50,000+ youth struggling with adversity, earning national recognition and leading creative initiatives that engage and transform communities.  ARTS provides Direct Services to youth, Support Services to like-minded individuals and organizations, and Advocacy to community stakeholders and leaders about the importance of arts programming for youth, and connecting youth to creative community revitalization. For more information on ARTS, please visit