When we last caught up with Rozz Nash-Coulon, she was launching the project Coulon, which was a collaboration with her husband Neil. You may recall that it was a more acoustic and intimate project versus the amped up sounds of her previous band Red Lotus.
While Rozz has been off my radar for a minute, it’s good to see that she’s keeping herself busy with a very worthwhile startup. She and her partners are seeking community support (via IndieGoGo) of the Brooklyn Performing Arts Intensive. What is it? Here’s how she describes it:
Brooklyn Performing Arts Intensive is a free four-week summer performing arts program housed at the Green School, open to all NYC youth ages 13-21 of all artistic levels, from beginners to advanced actors, dancers and singers. No formal training or experience is required to attend the program – just a love of the arts and a willingness to learn new things and have fun!
The goal is to expand the summer program into a year-long one. Here’s more on the program’s impact:
The Brooklyn Performing Arts Intensive provides an opportunity to bring underserved youth from all five boroughs together to collaborate and learn in a fun and challenging arts environment. Furthermore, it is a pre-professional program that will give young artists the necessary tools and skills to prepare for high school, college, and auditions in the field. This program is in its third year and has trained over 150 young artists thus far. We are moving to a new location that will enable us to serve a greater number of young people. Without funding, we will not be able to expand or possibly even continue to offer our much needed programming. Youth arts programs are drastically being cut by local and federal government. After school programs are becoming extinct. It is our belief that young people, particularly those from the low income neighborhoods that we serve, deserve an opportunity to participate and further their growth in a high level arts environment.
So, please support this, if you’re able. You can donate via IndieGogo. Rozz and her partners are already halfway to their $7,500 goal. Also, if you’re so inclined, you can join the team at a benefit fundraiser this coming Sunday at Union Pool. Info here on the flyer below.
- Facebook page for Brooklyn Performing Arts Intensive.