Music in the park to help Wilmington kids get through the summer [video]
The mayor kicked off the "Summer in the Parks" initiative today in
At a press conference held in the p
Shawn Allen, deputy director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, spoke about how as a child he thought that having a safe place to play, either in the park or at the local YMCA, was one of the most important parts of his summer. Allen hopes that the Summer in the Parks initiative will provide that same opportunity for children today.
In conjunction with the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Grand Opera House has set up eight weeks of programming that will cover everything from the visual arts to teaching kids how to DJ. The program will feature a diverse group of artists ranging from local dance, music, and theater groups to a Brazilian jazz group from
Pamelyn Manocchio, Director of Community Engagement at the Grand Opera House, stated that it is vital for children to be exposed to the arts. “It can bring so much joy into people’s lives; it can transform their lives and just give somebody an alternative for their choices. And if not just a serious change like that, it can just bring them joy for an afternoon,” Manocchio said.