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CAN’D AID Foundation and Steep Canyon Rangers at ArtSpace!

CAN’D AID Foundation and Steep Canyon Rangers at ArtSpace!

On November 18th, ArtSpace will benefit from a gift from Oskar Blues Brewery’s CAN’d AID Foundation.  The foundation will be presenting ArtSpace with a class set of guitars and hosting a 90 minute workshop with members

Steep Canyon Ranger multi-instrumentalist, Mike Ashworth.

Steep Canyon Ranger multi-instrumentalist, Mike Ashworth.

of the Grammy Award winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers.  A select group of music students at ArtSpace will take part in a 90 minute music workshop with three members of the band — Nicky Sanders (fiddle), Graham Sharp (banjo), and Mike Ashworth (percussion and guitar).  The workshops are an opportunity for

Banjo player, Graham Sharp.

Banjo player, Graham Sharp.

these students to get a glimpse of what it takes to become a nationally recognized professional musician.  Students were selected for their interest in the instruments featured in the workshop and for their exhibition of 21st century college and career readiness skills in music and band classes.

Many families at ArtSpace struggle to provide instruments for their students.  Meg Boerner, ArtSpace music teacher said, “We have a great desire within our student body to sing, play and perform and frequently they express wanting to learn guitar.  This is an excellent addition to the school’s instrument library and will allow for many more students to study an instrument and get all of the benefits that the serious study of music

Fiddle player, Nicky Sanders.

Fiddle player, Nicky Sanders.

provides.”

A class set of guitars will bring access to instruments for hundreds of students and shape the school’s music program for years to come.  A large body of research has shown that increased exposure and participation in the arts increases student achievement resulting in higher graduation rates and test scores.    

Learn more about the CAN’d AID foundation here and more about the partnership between CAN’D AID and Steep Canyon Rangers by visiting here.