It is a foundation that is just eight months old. Based in Jeffersonville, it aims to ensure all Montgomery County youth, no matter their background or financial situation, have access to the arts. Expressive Path focuses on those age 12 to 19 throughout the county, inclusive of those in Lower Providence Township.
Media Contact and Expressive Path Founder Pamela Martin said that to help raise funds, the organization will host a “Music for Kids Sake 2” event this fall.
On Sept. 7, the Norristown Park and Recreation Center and Sam Ash, in King of Prussia, will sponsor the event at the Fireman’s Memorial Band Shell at Elmwood Park, located 1325 Harding Blvd. in Norristown. This is a second annual music festival, and it will feature four bands. All raised proceeds will benefit Expressive Path.
The performances don’t stop there.
“Brice Izyah Johnston, a Season 28 Survivor, will bring additional local star power while MC-ing the night,” said Martin. “An Expressive Path teen will also play guitar with their mentor during the event.”
Music for Kid’s Sake 2 runs from 3 to 8 p.m. and is a free family event. Though the funds focus on teens in the arts, the event is open to those of all ages. Martin said that the location would offer a good spot for it.
“Elmwood Park has two playgrounds for children to enjoy; there will be giveaways and a raffle, including an iPod, sports gifts, wine, local restaurants, and more,” she said. “Feel free to bring a picnic, coolers, chairs and blankets. The park snack bar will be open.”
Martin said that the new, locally based organization hopes to go far to help those that are not always exposed to artistic programs.
“Expressive Path is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is helping adolescents who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the arts,” said Martin. “Expressive Path instructors provide lessons, workshops, art lectures, and career guidance at local recreation centers, schools, alternative programs, youth shelters, and churches.”
Martin said that such art exposure could help a teen in multiple ways.
“Expressive Path boosts positive self-esteem by creating opportunities for youth to show their art in the community and providing the tools necessary to do so through your donations,” she said. “Expressive Path is proud to assist youth with funding to also further their education in the arts.”
If you know a 12- to 19-year-old that could benefit from the non-profit’s assistance, contact Expressive Patha t 610-331-3516 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.