EDUCATIONAL ARTS SOCIETY CEO WALTER PARHAM PARTNERS WITH CARR CENTER AND DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Founder and CEO Walter Parham takes off his suit, and “dons” his saxophone (Duane Parham) as he partners with music programs at Carr Center and Ramp-Up with the Detroit Public Schools. Both programs focus on youth development in the areas of art and music.
In spite of a pandemic raging across the state and country, Saxophonist Duane Parham finds a way to blow his horn and help young adults blow theirs. He does this by forming a partnership with Carr Center and the Detroit Public Schools with online classes via Zoom. For many years, the Center has blended art and music to form a perfect union, and for many years, Parham has made music around the world to excite loyal listeners. Each entity contributes to the ever-growing musical appreciation of rhythm, color, form and movement. As Center coordinator, Gina Ellis makes it all “hang together.”
IT TAKES A COMMUNITY . . . .
Educational arts Society recognizes the value in working with others. . . others whose visions add a dimension, depth and quality that completes the circle.” Working with Consultant, DSA Pathways Initiative Richard Sperling, Carr Center President and CEO Oliver Ragsdale, CEO Walter Parham increases EAS’s vision for youth development through the arts, acquiring a professional skill-set that lead to positive life direction, and empowering youth to maximize their potential through the acquisition of basic values.
MUSIC SPEAKS A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE
CONSULTANT RICHARD SPERLING
Richard Sperling is the Lead Arts Consultant at Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Community District and has a historical record of empowering young people to maximize their potential through professional arts training, theater and musical development. He is the director for the “Ramp-Up” program at DPS and CEO Walter Parham contributes to the musical and core value growth as an online saxophone teacher. It does take a community to guide, develop and encourage continued youth growth in the Detroit Metropolitan Area.
PRESIDENT AND CEO OLIVER RADSDALE JR.
As President and CEO of Carr Center, Oliver Ragsdale Jr. has provided arts and programming to the Detroit community for decades. He is a “hands-on” chief executive as well as inclusive, working effectively with the Center’s resident artists. CEO Oliver is not only a leader, but a performer as well–recording many compositions and performing with groups like the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet and Michigan Opera Theatre.
EDUCATIONAL ARTS SOCIETY “CREATES A SMILE WITH MUSIC”
EAS seeks to create an atmosphere where students examine who they are, how they got there, and where they choose to go in the future, through self-analysis, determination, courage and inner growth, coupled with a chosen musical skill-set that will provide a pathway to future job opportunities and positive societal values.