Children’s Voice Chorus receives grant from Knight Arts

Children’s Voice Chorus receives grant from Knight Arts

Pictured (l-r) are Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation; Luis Soto, chair of the board for the Children’s Voice Chorus, and Matt Haggman, program director/Miami for the Knight Foundation.

The Children’s Voice Chorus, based in Palmetto Bay at the Old Cutler Church, has been awarded a $25,000 grant to fund a transportation program for children from South Miami-Dade’s migrant farming communities.

Part of the Knight Arts Challenge of the Knight Foundation, the purpose of such grants is to fund ideas that bring South Florida together through the arts. Jamie Perez Sutta, founder and artistic director of The Children’s Voice Chorus and a Palmetto Bay resident, said she is thrilled by the opportunity to reach out to geographically underserved children.

“Impacting the lives of children through the power of music education is what the CVC is all about,” Sutta said. “We are so grateful to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for giving us the opportunity to expand our reach.”

The program is set to begin in the fall of 2015. The CVC’s board chair, Luis Soto, received the award on behalf of the nonprofit organization at a special awards presentation in December 2014. Because it is a matching grant, the CVC is required to provide a dollar for dollar match over the course of two years.

Children’s Voice Chorus receives grant from Knight Arts

The Children’s Voice Chorus is conducted by director Jamie Perez Sutta.

Part of the effort to raise funds for that purpose has resulted in a special musical theater review called “Give My Regards to Broadway,” which will take place at the Old Cutler Church on Mar. 15 at 4 p.m. The church is located at 14401 Old Cutler Rd. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the CVC’s 2015- 16 “A Voice that Carries” transportation program.

J.J. Colagrande, an adjunct professor at Barry University and Miami-Dade College said in a Huffington Post review of the Knight Arts Challenge winners that the Knight Foundation gets an “A” for choosing the CVC’s project.

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