Seated: Left-Right –President Eileen Kennedy, Vice-President Shirley Whitfield, Secretary Angela W. Barnes, and Treasurer Geraldine R. Edwards.
Standing: Left-Right-Financial Secretary Shirley Wayne, Parliamentarian Cheryl Hall DeRouen, Esq., Board Trustee Doveal Essex, Immediate Past President Melba A. Moye and Executive Director Myrtle E. David.
"Inspiration ~ Collaboration ~ Outreach"
Mission. The goal is to annually present a Fine Arts Series-Competition which recognizes student achievement. Outreach, a critical component, comprises multilevel school and community participation, benefiting “high-standard-low”-performing educational programs. Opportunities are created to motivate “open" artistic sharing and aesthetic understanding. Cultural heritage is recognized and celebrated depicting unique qualities to highlight student development and teaching excellence in literary, visual and performing arts. Mission purposes are: (a) talent discovery, (b) under-served enrichment, (c) self image improvement, (d) new possibilities, and (e) role models. Additionally, outcomes include: (a) provision of support and ancillary resources for creative excellence; (b) motivation for awareness and respect for diversity; and (c) improve the quality of through cultural understanding within the community.
Curriculum Support Through Arts Integration is implemented through administrative endorsements and collaboration with schools, studios, libraries, arts centers and universities. The DeBose Fine Arts Festival Series-National Piano Competition is a multidisciplinary arts program, providing success opportunities through Literary, Visual and Performing Arts. Major components feature: student showcases, exhibitions, recitals and concerts (elementary, secondary and university), and artists-in-residence. Each event highlights teaching excellence characterized by multilevel talent (beginners, intermediate, advanced and accelerated); presenting students in adjudicated and non-competing events. On stage productions feature: choral and instrumental music, music theater, drama/spoken word and dance. Mounted exhibitions feature two-three dimension art and poster art (elementary, middle and high schools).
Specific events are planned to increase insight and perception through experiences that nurture inspired discovery. Mutual efforts focus on increased awareness to stimulate cognitive skills, opportunities for success and elevate instructive standards. Creative discovery, interactive outreach projects and culminating events benefit local schools and studios. Exhibition and performance opportunities (curriculum standards based) are multidisciplinary and intergenerational “. Approved sites for presentations include: schools, libraries, arts centers and universities.
2013 Artist-in-Residence: Dr. Wilfred Delphin, Pianist
Dr. Wilfred Delphin is a pianist of national and international reputation. He is an emeritus professor of Southern Illinois University and currently serves as Artist in Residence/Professor of Music at Xavier University in New Orleans. Dr. Delphin holds the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance. In 1977 he made his professional debut at Carnegie Hall with fellow pianist Edwin Romain (deceased). The Delphin & Romain duo piano team toured throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. They performed with many of this country’s leading orchestras (including the Memphis Symphony) and were invited by President Jimmy Carter to perform a solo recital in the East Room of the White House.
Since his partner’s untimely death in 1995, Dr. Delphin has continued to perform and teach. In 2004 he retired from his position as Professor of Music at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Most recently Dr. Delphin performed in Duo Benefit Concerts with Dr. Valerie Frances for AIDS relief in Zambia in Carbondale, Illinois and Sunday’s At Three Afternoon Recital Series, in Memory of Alpha Brawner Floyd at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Delphin spent seven months in Senegal, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer but ended his service early in order to return to New Orleans to help with the post Katrina recovery effort
TOURGEE ALBION DEBOSE (AUGUST 20, 1894 – JULY 1, 1971)