Partnership announced to benefit art program in West Tennessee
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and The Jackson Symphony League are joining forces for the 21st Color of Music Contest in West Tennessee. With Le Bonheur’s rich history with art and healing, partnering with the League for its educational endeavor which allows area students to interpret musical selections through visual artworks was a natural match.
“As we were developing the new facility, we knew that art was going to be a major part of the project. In the hospital in Memphis, we have more than 200 pieces of art that were created by regional school children,” said Linda Hill, Art Development Director for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
“We love using local artists and Color of Music affords us the opportunity to incorporate the work of some of the youngest local artists in the area while allowing residents from across West Tennessee and the local community a venue in which to view some of these works throughout the year.”
Le Bonheur’s new facility will not only contain clinical space but rooms that can be used for community meetings or events. “The new building has meeting space that community organizations, such as the
Jackson Symphony League, can use to hold meetings or educational programs,” said Diane Rushing, Director West Tennessee Pediatrics Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. “When we first learned of the Color of Music program, it seemed to be a perfect fit for us. Having what may very well be some of our patients’ work in our facility makes it even more special for us to be a part of.”
The Color of Music is an annual event for the Jackson Symphony League. Each Fall, selections of music from the spring concert are chosen and distributed to area public, private and home school art instructors. Students then listen to the selections and interpret what they hear into visual art pieces. Each school then selects its top works from each grade and submits them to the League for judging by a panel of experts.
In addition to blue ribbon winners, there is an overall winner as well as a winning selection for grades K- 2, 3-5 and 6-8. Winners are recognized at a reception and have their work displayed at the Jackson Symphony’s Spring Concert.
About The Jackson Symphony League
Established in 1962, The Jackson Symphony League is an indispensable auxiliary to the Jackson Symphony. League members provide a range of services and fundraising support for the orchestra. The League’s Color of Music program was awarded the Volunteer Council of the American Symphony League’s 2001 Sally B. Parker Education Award. Its annual Crystal Ball is one of the West Tennessee’s premier charitable events. For more information on membership or League activities, visit www.thejacksonsymphony.org.
About Color of Music
Entering into its 21st year, the Color of Music is an educational program of the Jackson Symphony League. West Tennessee students in grades K-8 listen to musical selections and interpret the works visually. Each school or home school co-operative submits its top work to be judged by a panel of local artists and musicians. Each year, more than 7,000 students participate in the program. Winners are presented awards at a reception and their artwork is displayed for the public to enjoy. For more information on the Color of Music or how to participate, visit www.thejacksonsymphony.org.