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Three Area Non-Profit Organizations Collaborate to Host Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Jan 13, 2014

Three Area Non-Profit Organizations Collaborate to Host Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Three area nonprofits organizations will host this year’s Dr. King Day Celebration on Monday,
January 20, 2014. MLK Family Services, Community Music School of Springfield, and D.R.E.A.M. Studios will host the annual DR. KING DAY CELEBRATION which will take place from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield. This event is free and open to the public.

SPRINGFIELD – Three area nonprofits organizations will host this year’s Dr. King Day Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2014. MLK Family Services, Community Music School of Springfield, and D.R.E.A.M. Studios will host the annual DR. KING DAY CELEBRATION which will take place from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield. This event is free and open to the public. The annual Dr. King Day Celebration will feature music, dance, and spoken word, providing inspiration and
reflection on the legacy of Dr. King, toward greater understanding and mutual creativity for the betterment of the community. Performances for the day will include Freedom Choir, Women of Faith Gospel singers, CMSS String City Youth Orchestra with the Martin Luther King Jr. Festival Orchestra, DREAM STUDIOS dancers and performing artitsts, MLK Family Services Drumming and Choral group, poet Magdalena Gomez, Bravo Waterbury! and MLK Charter School of Excellence. Performances will include the children from MLK Family
Services who have attended artist in residence workshops in music, theater, and dance taught by Community Music School and DREAM Studio faculty in preparation for this day of celebration. “Dr King’s legacy of peace, racial healing and equal access for all people is greatly honored by this collaborative effort, which is not only unique, but provides the youth of the King Center After School Program with much needed exposure and training in the area of music, theater and dance. The self esteem of our youth will be greatly enhanced by the opportunity to take the skills they’ve achieved in the workshop to the stage at the MassMutual Center for the Dr. King Day Celebration.” said by Ronn Johnson, CEO of MLK Family Services. As the world comes together to honor the life and work of Nelson Mandela, we in the Greater Springfield community join in
his embrace of peace in the march toward social change.” “It is our hope to inspire the community to make strides toward positive change as we come together as one on this day.”, said Benjamin Smith, Executive Director of D.R.E.A.M. Studios, who is the Artistic and Creative Director for the event. Eileen McCaffery, Interim Executive Director of the Community Music School added “We are thrilled to partner with such wonderful organizations in honoring the legacy of Dr. King. We are grateful to Baystate Health Systems, MassMutual Center, and the Mason Square Drug Free Coalition and the Springfield Cultural Council for their support of this collaboration for both the Dr. King Celebration and the artists workshops for the MLK Family Services youth leading up to the Celebration.” The Springfield Cultural Council is a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Dr. King Day Celebration is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome. The Mass Mutual Center is handicapped accessible and is located in downtown Springfield, close to public transportation. For more information please call CMSS at 413.732.8428.

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