In 2002 Augustana Arts established the City Strings program which offers private violin, viola and cello lessons to children (age 4-16) from low-income families in the Denver metropolitan area. The program exposes’at-risk’ children to music, but it also helps them to attain other educational goals by teaching self-discipline and developing self-confidence. Every City Strings student has a group and private lesson each week from a Suzuki-trained music teacher.
Subsidized music instruction is aimed at children who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs. Instruments are loaned for free to the children for the duration of their studies with City Strings.
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The City Strings program encourages a love of music, but more importantly, it offers a supportive environment for these children to:
- develop discipline by establishing practice patterns
- increase self-esteem through achievement of a difficult skill
- generate family interactions in rehearsal and performance
City Strings is proud to receive significant support from the citizens of the SCFD and the generous trustees of the Denver Foundation, the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Sheila Fortune Foundation, the Kinder Morgan Foundation and the Augustana Foundation.
Augustana Arts offers free outreach performances at prisons, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice centers which delight the spirit by offering joy, hope and comfort to those who would not otherwise be able to attend performances.
Augustana Arts is proud to partner with ArtReach to work towards enabling people with economic and other barriers to be able to experience the joy of live performance.