Let's call it a love affair. It's the responsibility of the current generation of business people, parents, politicians and teachers to make certain that the future is positively paved for the children of our time. Here in Colorado Springs, there may be no more direct way for these torch bearers to express this commitment than the annual Celebrate Youth in the Arts Breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 7:30-8:30 am.
"This is the seventh year we're holding this event," said Marcia Hendricks, Executive Director of the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale. "It's powerful on many levels. Members of our community who attend become completely present to the great work that's being done through the arts to develop the creativity, confidence and problem solving abilities of our children. We're also able to raise vital dollars for operating expenses of two stalwart organizations that are on the frontline of providing these tools to our children."
Joining the Children's Chorale in presenting the Youth in the Arts Breakfast is the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association. Each organization will educate attendees on their mission and the children themselves will share their art and passion—an inspirational way to begin Valentine’s Day.
"There's really nothing quite like it," said Debi Krause-Reinsch, Executive Director of the Youth Symphony. "In no more than one hour, we make sure our guests are well fed, entertained and inspired to contribute what they can to help keep the great work of all three organizations thriving."
The host for the festivities will be KKTV's Jen Lennon who can be seen in the ongoing "Moms Everyday" featurettes. Lennon is herself an alumna of the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and spent most of her childhood growing up in the Pikes Peak Region arts community. Inspired by her experiences growing up, she went on to earn a B.S. in Performance and an M.S. in Education from Northwestern University. Now back in the Springs, she continues to work with youth in the Children's Chorale as well as local schools and remains active as an actress primarily at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
"It's so exciting for me to be able to give back to these great organizations," said Lennon. "It's so great to be able to make a difference in the lives of these amazing kids."
While the administrative arm of these groups plans and executes the Breakfast with precision, It is the children themselves who are the "stars" of the event. The Youth Symphony's top orchestra will be on hand to demonstrate the excellence inherent to that organization. All five ensembles of the Children's Chorale will make certain that everyone has direct contact with a performer.
Over 350 people have attended each Breakfast in the past six years. Invitations have come exclusively from table "captains" to their friends family, and business associates. The general public is welcome to attend but by reservation only.
"It's been a groundbreaking season for both organizations and recognition has been widespread in the community and the media," said Hendricks. "We've all received the message that the Pikes Peak region wants our organizations to survive and thrive. So we're opening up attendance to Celebrate Youth in the Arts so that other people not directly connected to us can get a detailed look as to why and how we do what we do."
For information on how to attend the Celebrate Youth in the Arts Annual Breakfast, please contact the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale at 719-633-3562 or firstname.lastname@example.org. When you make your reservation you will be given the location and directions. Only those with reservations may attend.