Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals of: offering more subsidized programs, free sessions, and provide more employment opportunities to our college interns!
Why do we need a bus?
In recent times, many after-school, summer, and senior activities have been canceled due to budget constraints, and social distancing measures have imposed capacity limitations on campus gatherings. Scientific evidence supports the positive effects of music therapy, including anxiety reduction, mood enhancement, and improved auditory and verbal memory. Rather than relying on traditional indoor spaces, the AFTH Harp Music Bus is poised to revolutionize the way we deliver small group and one-on-one harp enrichment programs by bringing them directly to students' parking lots or driveways.
The AFTH Harp Music Bus serves as a mobile music school complete with harps, music stands, comfortable seating, and a retractable stage equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Through this innovative approach, AFTH introduces individuals of all ages to the joy of playing the harp, often for the very first time. Our need for a harp music bus is driven by the desire to expand our reach to more youth and seniors, ensuring they have access to the transformative power of music.
By implementing a mobile music program, we aim to eliminate transportation barriers that may have previously hindered access to high-quality arts enrichment and arts therapy programs. The AFTH Harp Music Bus will pave the way for greater inclusivity and accessibility, ultimately enriching the lives of countless individuals in our community.
Who does the AFTH Harp Bus serve?
Individuals of all age groups, spanning from children and youth to seniors, will have the opportunity to participate in arts lessons. These engaging sessions will be conducted within the refurbished bus or outdoors beneath the open sunroof, where the natural surroundings provide both acoustic benefits and a source of inspiration.
Where Does the AFTH Harp Bus Go?
The AFTH Mobile Music Bus is set to journey to a variety of locations, including schools, summer camps, community centers, senior centers, nursing homes, libraries, parks, birthday parties, and other special events across both the Greater Atlanta area and rural Georgia. Additionally, the AFTH Mobile Bus will be readily available for field trips, tours, and holiday caroling excursions.
How much does retrofitting the bus cost?
The total cost for the retrofitting of the bus amounts to $49,500. This comprehensive expense encompasses the acquisition of the bus itself, as well as expenses related to flooring, seating, interior design, painting, lighting, amplification, a compact retractable stage, and essential preventative maintenance. Furthermore, we have a complete inventory of musical instruments, instructional materials, and music stands ready for use by the performers within the bus.
Why do we need volunteers?
We are in search of dedicated volunteers for our weekend projects focused on transforming the interior of the bus. Tasks include installing flooring, mounting shelves, applying paint, and setting up seating arrangements. We warmly welcome individuals with skills in carpentry, electrical work, painting, crafting, and anyone eager to lend a hand for a meaningful cause!
Join our fundraiser to help the AFTH Mobile Music Bus come to life! Every donation no matter how big or small gets us that much closer to reaching our goal!!!
Artz for the Harp Corporation is a registered non-profit public benefit 501(c)(3) organization recognized by the state of Georgia. We are dedicated to providing harp enrichment and harp music therapy classes to those who are most in need of our services. Through our "Angel Harp" programs, we offer complimentary harp sessions to students in children's hospitals, residences, shelters, long-term care facilities, and students in underserved communities.
Your generous donations play a pivotal role in sustaining our vital community youth and senior harp programs, as well as supporting our Angel Harp Programs. It's important to note that your contribution is tax-deductible, and you will receive a formal letter for your records. Whether it's a personal, honorary, or memorial donation, your support enables us to continue providing instruments and high-quality music education programs to those who need them the most.
If you wish to contribute by providing one of our packages to a youth or senior organization, you can reach out to us directly or explore our sponsorship packages available in our online store. After your donation, you will promptly receive a thank-you letter for your records, along with details about when the services will take place, typically within 3 to 5 business days.
Our AFTH programs are engaged by various facilities whose students lack access to music enrichment due to funding constraints in their schools or community centers. These programs have a profound impact, engaging students and equipping them with valuable skills that will serve them well in various aspects of their future lives.
If, for any reason, you are unable to donate at this time, please consider becoming a volunteer in the future. There are numerous ways you can contribute to AFTH and help us make a lasting difference. Your support, whether through donations or volunteering, is deeply appreciated.
AFTH Youth Harpists performing for the patients and staff at Rockdale Medical Center in Conyers, GA
If it weren't for our sponsors, community partners, donors and volunteers and our hardworking staff, AFTH would not exist! We thank everyone for your continued support. Because of you, we are able to enrich the lives of students one string at a time, bringing smiles and music to students of all ages!!!