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The Jazz Workshop Inc. (JWI) is a 501c(3) music education and performance-based non-profit organization. It provides an interactive approach to teaching and exhibiting the American World Music genre ~ Jazz. JWI offers this program to underserved students, and those within the region, to preserve and promote Jazz as the art form of America, demonstrating how this music influences, and consistently evolves throughout all other World Music categorizations.
As a result of the fulfillment, underserved children in the community will have access to music lessons. Many schools, especially in underserved communities no longer provide music education to children. Music lessons enhance children's self-efficacy, cognitive skills, builds confidence, cultivates patience and discipline, encourages creative self-expression, improves memory bolsters brain power, enhances social skills, and the list goes on. During this time of pandemic and the aftermath, many students have been traumatized due to having been on lockdown as well as having lost loved ones to the Covid-19 virus. We are dedicated to working with the parents and/or guardians, on understanding the various stages of their child’s growth and development. We assist them in recognizing the effects that external stimuli can have on their children and how music is effectual.
The building of the Jazz Workshop Inc. needs more renovation. It is located at 1015 Center Street, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221. Various activities are conducted out of the JWI building such as family forums, musicians club, and it is a meeting place for artists in general. It serves as a free rehearsal space, is utilized for ongoing private and group instruction, and family development sessions, free monthly poetry/spoken word sessions, board and community committee meetings, and is also utilized as the Jazz Workshop Inc.’s Homewood and Wilkinsburg, PA central offices.
Because of the successful strides the JWI has been making since 1973, it is necessary to continue expanding the effort, preserving the initiatives with school districts, the business community, and other Community Based Organizations (CBO’s), in a Job Training through the Arts approach.
The Jazz Workshop Inc. operates out of the Pittsburgh Carnegie Library Homewood branch, where weekly music lessons are conducted. JWI promotes approximately 17 to 25 events every year, consisting of concerts, recitals, tribute productions, and family/community gatherings. This has taken place throughout each calendar year for almost 50 years.
It has been determined, based on news reports, and some unfavorable statistical information in regard to the Homewood and Wilkinsburg districts, that there is a definite need for all surrounding agencies, and the business community, within these geographical locations, that such an initiative, as stated here, can help in eliminating aspects of the problematic exploits taken place, and inspires movement into a constructive and thriving community artistically.
This stated, the Jazz Workshop Inc. has been restoring its building, and working on expanding the feasibility for more public access, training classrooms, handicap mobility, continued growth of innovative programming initiatives, continuing educational opportunities, and widening the support for artists, residents and neighbors in the greater Pittsburgh, PA communities, especially in the Wilkinsburg and Homewood districts. The building consists of 3 floors and an underground level that can be utilized as an audio/visual and recording work area. The Jazz Workshop Inc., pretty much, has exhausted the preliminary restoration funds and is now seeking further funding to complete this mission. We now need to raise $33,800 and we trust that you will help in completing the renovation of the Jazz Workshop Inc. community building. On behalf of the Jazz Workshop Inc.’s director, Dr. Jacqueline L. Young, the JWI Board of Directors, Resource Coordinator, Friends of the Jazz Workshop Inc. committees, and instructional staff, we wholeheartedly Thank You,
…and know that Music is Extremely Cathartic!