Club members shine at LiveArts
April 25th, 2015
We recently had the opportunity to bring some Club members from our Performing Arts Program to perform in a very special event. LiveArts was a one-night only concert held at the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids on April 24, 2015.
In an unprecedented collaboration, the Grand Rapids Symphony, Symphony Chorus,Youth Symphony, Youth Symphony Chorus, Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Ballet, Broadway Grand Rapids and more (if you can believe that!) all came together for an evening of unforgettable performances. Area composer Sean Ivory composed a piece that would incorporate all the musical entities present. They even decided to create a “Community Youth Chorus” made up of kids from Grand Rapids area schools. That is where we came in…
When the GR Symphony approached us about being involved in LiveArts, it only took a moment to say yes. Even though our own Spring Concert would be a few weeks later, we knew that this would be an opportunity our members would carry with them for the rest of their lives. Performing in a huge arena with thousands of musicians? Sign us up!
The concert included 1,564 performers, 1,286 of which were children. What transpired was a long but magical week of rehearsals culminating in the big performance on Friday night. Our members were troopers, getting through long nights with a lot of waiting in our seats with ease. The logistics of the massive processional into the arena for act two was a huge undertaking that had to be rehearsed many times. And of course, the piece we were singing in had to be rehearsed as well. An 11-minute epic about working together, "I Will Rise" contained a lovely musical line that we repeated throughout the piece: “Two are better than one. If you fall, I will pick you up.”
Friday night arrived and our members were excited and a little nervous to see the arena fill up with over 7,000 audience members. What an experience at a young age! The show went off without a hitch and was absolutely stunning. "I Will Rise" finished to a large round of applause from the audience, and smiles were on everyone’s faces. LiveArts concluded with a standing ovation from the crowd, which pleased our performers greatly. They left the arena feeling like stars. We already knew they were.
If you missed our Club members at this magical event, don't fret! Join us on May 7th for our 3rd Annual MusicMakers Spring Concert.
April's Youth of the Month!
April 21st, 2015
Our Youth of the Month (YOM) program spotlights a Club member who truly represents the mission of our Clubs. Staff will decide on a YOM based on their involvement in different activities and behavior. It is a program that helps to build our participation in the national Youth of the Year program.
Congratulations to April's Youth of the Month Winners:
Steil Club: Jaleah
Why Staff Selected Jaleah: Jaleah has shown so much improvement in behavior in the last month at the Steil Club. She especially has shown effort to be a good student and kid in the Art Room. Her favorite activities in the Art Room are painting, and finding new ways to make art. Jaleah always brings a smile to the staff's faces, and always asks to help out in any way she can.
Steil Club: Dontarrie
Why Staff Selected Dontarrie: Dontarrie is a positive influence at the Steil Club. He offers to help without anyone asking. He is respectful, kind, and thoughtful. Dontarrie is a perfect example for younger Club members to look up to!
Paul I. Phillips Club: Alim
Why Staff Selected Alim: Alim is always very helpful around the Club. He takes being a positive leader to his peers very seriously, and he attends nearly every day. Alim plays basketball, attends Career Launch and Project Learn, and is interested in getting our Keystone Club running.
Seidman Club: Jason
Why Staff Selected Jason: Jason is one of the best volunteer members that has helped around the Club for years. Jason is a great role model for all the Club members.
Camp Clean-Up A Success!
April 14th, 2015
On Saturday April 11th, 40 volunteers joined us at Camp O’Malley to help get the camp ready for summertime! Volunteers came from various organizations including GE Aviation, the Grand Rapids Police Department, Grand Valley State University and the Seidman Torch Club.
It was a beautiful day and the volunteers did a fantastic job raking leaves, cleaning up the cabins, organizing the gym and arts & crafts hall, and much more. Our Campers will greatly appreciate all of the hard work!
A big thank you to all of the volunteers who joined us on Saturday. It is our vision to create a world-class camp experience for the kids in our community, providing them with fun, safe recreation in the outdoors. Thank you for helping us make this vision a reality!
Want to get more involved? Find out more here.