January 8, 2019 Share

Patriots Arts Coalition Announces Program Support from NJM

Patriots Arts Coalition Announces Support from NJM for Program to Inspire Children through the Performing Arts

Tri-Youth Orchestra Festival in Trenton

The Patriots Arts Coalition is pleased to announce support from NJM Insurance Group (NJM) for the upcoming Youth Orchestra Festival to be held in Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton. The event brings together three of our region’s premier independently operating youth orchestras (Greater Princeton, Central Jersey, and Bravura) for an afternoon of symphony on this historic stage.

The event was co-created by James Bushong, Director of the Patriots Arts Coalition, and the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey (CPNJ). About the event, James comments, “It is such a wonderful development opportunity for our young musicians to perform in this exquisite venue. The theater’s 1,800-person capacity and opulence are one part of that; the other part is that they will be joining the ranks of legends past including Rachmaninoff, Sinatra, King, Armstrong, and Springsteen, who have performed there. I know how wonderful these feelings are, because my son, a 14-year-old violinist, performed on this great stage last January with the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra. I wanted more parents and children to experience the same joyous feelings, and, in working with CPNJ and the three youth orchestras, we made it happen!”

Music and a Meal program for children in need

Collaborating with Trenton-area civic organizations, the Patriots Arts Coalition also created the program “Music and a Meal” to enable children living in difficult circumstances to attend the event. James added, “The performing arts can be a powerful form of unifying inspiration. By seeing the amazing music that these dedicated young performers will create on stage, I hope that some children in Trenton become so inspired that they would like to take up learning an instrument or desire to advance their skills even more if they already do play an instrument. Playing an instrument is a well-regarded method of keeping kids focused on learning and staying in school. Above all, I want every child who attends to feel a strong sense of community inclusion, helping them overcome any feelings that certain forms of art are ‘not for them.’ That’s something they can take with them no matter what their dreams are.”

Additional information on the event is available at www.YOFest.org

About NJM’s Charitable Giving Program

NJM has operated in a true mutual fashion for the exclusive service and benefit of its policyholders for more than a century. The Company has had the honor of receiving a number of accolades in recognition, including the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2014 Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award; New Jersey Monthly’s Great Oak Award in 2016; and the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award for Public Service that same year.

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