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Angelica Hairston Demonstrates the Power of Music for Visually Impaired Children

Harpist Angelica Hairston wanted to share the beauty of hearing music, as well as her own experiences, with visually impaired children from her community.

What: An interactive presentation for children ages 6 through 12 with Georgia Organization of Parents of Blind Children (GOPBC). The event took place at the Woodruff Arts Center in downtown Atlanta, GA.

When: June 18, 2011

How: Angelica first learned about the GOPBC as a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO). The children with the GOPBC make regular visits to the Woodruff Arts Center for programs offered throughout the year. Having never been able to attend these events herself, Angelica wanted an opportunity to meet and work with these children. She was able to organize a fun, interactive event at the Center with the help of the ASYO and the GOPBC.

“It was great to be able to speak about the (harp) in a manner that doesn’t rely on sight. I was able to learn, share, and grow as a person and as a musician through this project. These children do not have sight, but they ‘touched’ me and experienced my music on a different level. I will always remember the children I met, how they absorbed my music, how they related to the instrument and how special they made me feel.”

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