Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Some good news

Concerts to promote diversity

Allen Howard

This year's Hood is Bigger Than You Think Tour will use music to emphasize neighborhood diversity.

It features R&B legend Dionne Warwick in a fund-raising concert Aug. 2.

The tour is sponsored by Learning Through Art Inc. and Time Warner Cable.

The concert will begin at 6 p.m. in Music Hall, and also will feature jazz singer Kathy Wade, president of Learning Through Art.

Wade, of Cincinnati, said the tour series also will feature a free concert in Eden Park on July 19 in recognition of Ohio's Bicentennial. She said the concert will concentrate on the state's rich musical heritage, with a performance by the United States Air Force Band of Flight, based in Dayton.

Also featured in this concert will be jazz saxophonist Robby Bright and the Kelly Richey Band.

"These concerts are designed to bring together the people of Cincinnati's many diverse neighborhoods through music," Wade said.

"Every year we offer family-oriented events that help foster an appreciation for all kinds of music, musicians and cultures, and we bring together a diverse group of people in our audience."

Wade said Learning Through Art, a nonprofit performing arts education organization, is dedicated to providing quality performing arts programs in support of arts education and community development, encouraging multicultural awareness and understanding.

"Our programs reach over 500,000 participants," Wade said.

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Summer is not supposed to be dull for kids who will be involved in Summertime Kids Programs.

Not when they stay abreast of reading on a reading safari through a school transformed into African plains; create and distribute a newsletter for kids; or attend a drama workshop, learning how to act in plays such as Rumpelstiltskin.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation will provide $135,259, spread among 146 mini-grants, for these program.

For more information, call 768-6142

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.

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