Friday, April 10, 2009

Atlanta Symphony Takes Part in Orchestras Feeding America

March 26 through March 31, the Atlanta Symphony took part in Orchestras Feeding America, an initiative inspired by the movie The Soloist about Nathaniel Ayers, a Julliard trained string player with schizophrenia who found himself homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. Over 250 orchestras in all 50 states participated in this unprecedented effort by collecting and donating food for local food assistance agencies.

The ASO partnered with the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation and the Fulton County Department of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases to raise awareness about artists and performers with mental illness and collected 1300 pounds of food for the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). During the drive, Jerome Lawrence, a Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation Artist-in-Residence, displayed his work in Gallery 100 at the Woodruff Arts Center.

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