Arts Alliance Receives Grant for Unique Music Performance




The Angelina Arts Alliance, Lufkin, has received a first-time grant from The Moody Foundation in the amount of $5,000.

The Moody Foundation grant will support the Black Violin community concert on March 21 at Lufkin Middle School. The concert is a partnership endeavor with Impact Lufkin in an effort to provide cultural experiences to members of the community who would not otherwise have the opportunity. As part of the grant, a limited number of complimentary tickets will be available through the Arts Alliance and Impact Lufkin for qualifying individuals and children. Tickets for the general public will go on sale on January 2. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 17 and under.

Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. And Kev Marcus, who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.

Black Violin’s most recent record, Stereotypes, debuted at number one on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and number four on the Billboard R&B Chart. NPR praised the album and band: “Their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.”

“We are beyond grateful to The Moody Foundation for their generous support of our mission to provide access to the arts for everyone in our community, says Jennifer Allen, executive director of the Angelina Arts Alliance. “Black Violin delivers an inspiring message along with a world-class performance. We can’t wait to share this event with everyone.”

Based in Galveston, The Moody Foundation was established by W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody in 1942 to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of the people of Texas. Since then, the Moody Foundation has made more than $1.5 billion in grants throughout the state to organizations that have educated, healed, nurtured and inspired generations of Texans.

The Angelina Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization, is celebrating its 18th year of presenting world-renowned performing arts in Lufkin. Its mission is to enrich, entertain and educate by presenting and promoting the performing arts and educational opportunities for all of deep East Texas.

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