SPARC – Live Art

Before I get too deep into the vortex of Ocracoke Island, I have to take a moment to share with you all my takeaway from SPARC – Live Art in Richmond, VA.
It all started last summer at Rock N’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego. I met a woman named Candace. She told me about a program she runs in Richmond called SPARC (Students for Performing Arts in the Richmond Community). Small world alert! My friend from NYC who had relocated to Richmond is one of her teachers, so we had an immediate connection. Candace invited me out to Richmond to help volunteer for the program’s end of the year “recital”. They call it Live Art.
SPARC offers after school programs in music, art, and dance for mental and physically challenged kids as well as typically functioning kids. What this does is create a compassionate, patient, aware, and loving environment for children to THRIVE!!
These kids have their classes from September to May. The first weekend of June they come together to perform what they’ve been working on for the community. Here’s the kicker….they perform with famous musicians! People like Jason Mraz, KD Lang, and Rob Thomas DONATE their time to perform numbers with these kids. The end result is breathtakingly beautiful. Children supporting one another and coming together to share their artistic endeavors.
I can’t really put into words how emotional and uplifting this show was. What I can tell you is that this program needs to be replicated all over the world. SPARC is instilling compassion and awareness into their youth. They are the future, and wouldn’t it be wonderful to have compassionate and caring future generations?
Take a moment to check out SPARC’s website. Donate to their cause. Sponsor a scholarship so these kids can continue to grow outside of the classroom in artistic ways.
Mark your calendars now for June 3rd, 2018. You don’t want to miss this show.