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Attic Community Playhouse
The first time I performed in public was during a church Christmas play when I was 6. From there I joined the school band, the chorus -- pretty much anything in the performing arts. Not only was singing fun, it was an outlet: It helped me process my emotions, gain confidence, and understand my world. Today our public schools are in a total crisis, and when budgets are cut, arts programs are often the first thing to go. I got involved with the Attic Community Playground, a nonprofit organization, to help put the arts back in our schools. We're starting small. This year we're underwriting arts programs for schools in Georgia and Texas. And I recently did my first fund-raising concert at the University of North Texas to help buy instruments for some local high school bands. Eventually we'll branch out into more schools, more communities, and more states. Part of what makes this country great is that we can express ourselves in an artistic way. If I hadn't taken piano lessons in elementary school, or learned about harmony in high school, I don't know where I would be today. To learn more, visitatticcommunityplayground.org