A SPECIAL TOUCH…
With a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, Inspirit arranged for Miami musical artist Nicole Yarling to conduct a workshop at the Palm Beach County Juvenile Detention Center. At first, Ms. Yarling’s outreach was shunned by these young men, all in lockdown. But by day’s end, one had written this beautiful composition. Because of their ages, faces could not be photographed. But the message is powerful.
JUST THE FACTS!
♪ Founded in 2000 and based on similar organizations, most notably Bread and Roses (San Francisco); Heart and Soul (Salt Lake City); and Musicians on Call (New York City).
♪ Since its inception 15 years ago, Inspirit has held 1,686 performances – reaching an audience of more than 51,392 at nearly 100 different locations in Palm Beach County.
♪ In 2015 alone, Inspirit gave 200 performances – reaching 5,213 audience members. (All this with an annual budget of $50,000 and just three part-time staff positions!)
♪ In 2008 and 2009 and again in 2014 and 2015, Inspirit was a Muse Award Nominee from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council and lauded for its “outstanding achievement in improving the quality of life in Palm Beach County.”
♪ Founder/Executive Director, Virginia Meredith received an award by the Governor’s Council for Community Health Partnership in 2006 for her “commitment and vision in bringing solace to those isolated from society through performing arts.” She continues to lead in this spirit.
♪ Received Challenge America Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for the following years: 2011, 2012 and 2013.
We believe in the healing power of music
The mission of Inspirit is to bring the joy and healing power of live music and the performing arts to those isolated members of our community who are living in a restricted environment.