The Georgia Music Foundation partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany to present a summer Music Camp June 19-23, 2017. Twenty students elected to participate in the week-long series of programs including daily music- and arts-integrated activities that gave campers the chance to participate in music while learning about math, geography, history and science. (Keep it quiet, though – the kids didn’t realize how much they were learning while having so much fun!) Performances and workshops by local musicians and teaching artists kept the energy level strong, while daily dance lessons got students moving and sweating to their pop and hip-hop favorites.
Georgia Music Foundation Chair Dallas Davidson is a native of Albany and fellow board member Bo Henry, who still lives in the Good Life City, helped organize the Music Camp with Foundation manager Lisa Love. “Bo and I had a conversation last year about the need for summer music camps in South Georgia,” Love says. “He connected me with Marvin Laster and Jacqueline Robinson of Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany and we all agreed to start small with 20 kids and see if we could make this happen within their existing summer camp program. I went to the amazing Dr. Skip Taylor, Chair of Music Education at the University of Georgia, who connected me with one of his doctoral students, Damon Postle, who, in turn, assembled his mighty band of counselors. I did some research for a hip-hop dancer and found Maximo Oliveira in Tallahassee, who brought Ryker Laramore. Lo and behold, we had a team, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany staff were rock stars and the facilities at Thornton Park were top notch.”