Artists for a Cause - February 2013 E-Newsletter
February 2013
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Dear Friends of Artists for a Cause,

I've never been more proud of our organization and all that we're accomplishing. It's a great time to get involved whether you're an artist or charity seeking support, a volunteer, or donor. 

We've got some great things on the horizon, so please have a look at our events and programs and consider joining in!


Terry Barber
Executive Director

International Women's Day
alina kiryayeva On March 8th we will celebrate int'l Women's Day through the release of an exclusive video highlighting great female artists throughout history.

The project, aimed at creating awareness about the under-representation of female artists, will feature a very special performance by A4AC's March Artist of the Month, Ukrainian-born concert pianist Alina Kiryayeva.

Kiryayeva was awarded a scholarship to complete her Undergraduate and Masters degrees in Piano performance at Juiliard. Now a doctoral candidate, she often uses her talent to support many important causes.

In the video, soon available via our official website, Kiryayeva will be playing a piece by composer Clara Schumann.


A4AC presents
Outstanding Artist of the Month

Our selection is based
on exceptional talent,
and creative use of talent for community improvement.


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Award-winning musician Jonathan Cummings' credits include performing alongside The William Hall Coral, The Paul Solomonovich Orchestra, and entertainer Barry Manilow. He has been featured in countless local theater productions; including The Pajama Game, Company, Gypsy, and Chicago.

Throughout his career, Cummings has also produced many commercial jingles for radio and television. Several of his projects have benefited important causes such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E). His latest album, Sailing The Wave of Rigel, is now available for download via his official website.

He currently sings with his outstanding jazz group, Jonathan Cummings and Friends, and the Sunshine Party Band.  Both are available for booking to support charity functions.


A4AC Artists Featured in Dorothy Day Event

Celebration of Dorothy Day was a lecture and devotional service put together by The Celebrations, a group of nine women who present an annual event focusing on the work of an exceptional female leader.

The focus of this year's event was Dorothy Day, an American journalist, activist, and founder of hospitality houses for the poor. She is in the first  stages of Sainthood consideration.

A keynote address by a speaker from St. Thomas Aquinas University was followed by a
service led by members. A4AC artists
Nicole Fugelo, Jen Jacoby, and Lisa Zahradnik from Preston Contemporary Dance shared their talents at the event.

"We felt honored to have participated in the company of such  outstanding women. Thank you A4AC for connecting our groups!"
- Preston Contemporary Dance Theatre

A4AC Artists Rock Sailfish Point Beatles Gala

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On February 9th, A4AC and the popular tribute band McCartney Mania joined forces to entertain over 150 guests at a Beatles nostalgia-themed fundraising event  organized by the Sailfish Point Foundation.

The event, a benefit for education, featured performances by talented young registered A4AC vocalists trained at the StarStruck Performing Arts Center, StarStruck Music Director, Peter Jones, A4AC founder Terry Barber, and A4AC February Artist of the Month, Jonathan Cummings.

“We have been told by many of the members who attended that this was possibly the best entertainment event ever held at Sailfish Point” said Rich Evans, President of the Foundation.


Thank you, Patricia!
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Talented visual artist Patricia Reagan has pitched in wherever and whenever we have needed it over the past several months. For this reason, we are happy to name her A4AC February Volunteer of the Month!

Helping us organize fundraisers, open houses, and even hosting an event to promote our cause with friends Ana Alvarez and Christine Mulrooney, Patricia Reagan has gone above and beyond becoming a valued member of our team.

You'll likely see Patricia and some of her work at our next Open House this upcoming March 28th. You can thank her on our behalf, then!


A4AC Proud to Support Children's Emergency Resources


Last January, Children's Emergency Resources received a $2,500 gift from the Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association. The funds were collected through a recent Music-Thon held at the Treasure Coast Mall. Performers participating in the event were introduced by local community leaders, among whom was our founder, Terry Barber, who also performed to support the event. 

Children’s Emergency Resources is a nonprofit organization which provides health-related services to local children and families in need. The organization has been serving Martin Country for over 30 years, we are proud to be their friend!

Pine School Students Support A4AC on Valentine's Day
Last week, members of the A4AC student club at The Pine School helped us raise funds to support our cause through a Valentine's Day sing-a-gram event. In exchange for $5 donations, the group serenated dozens of High School sweethearts with popular romantic tunes.

All funds raised through the event will go to support A4AC School Club initiatives such as the "Share Arts" program, which allows artistically-inclined students to share their talents at local cultural events.

A4AC Clubs Lend Their Talents to REACH Program

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As part of an ongoing program, A4AC Club students led by club president, Kevin Paul;  Spencer Ballantyne, Nathaniel Romero, Michael Hadhacy, Katie Rodgers, Peg Parnezik, and Katlin Afshar served as many as 60 children enrolled at the Stuart  REACH program as part of our "Share Arts" initiative.

At the event, which took place at Morovia Park, A4AC students played the role of mentors as they shared their unique talents through creative activities such as improvisational games, singing, and acting skits.

"Many of the [REACH Program] children came to me and let me know how much they enjoyed the program. I was amazed with what some of the groups were able to create" said Anna Hartnig, Recreation Leader at the Parks and Recreation Department of Martin County.

Alison Lax, Teacher Sponsor for the A4AC Pine School Club was also delighted by the positive impact that program involvement had on her students: "I was so impressed both with the enthusiasm, and the initiative the students had in supporting Artists for a Cause. It's a unique project that has been executed with incredible passion."

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Upcoming events

Int'l Women's Day

March 8th

A4AC at Jensen Beach
St. Patrick's Day Parade

2:30, March 16th

ArtsFest 2013
March 23rd-24th

A4AC Open House
March 28th

Pasta-Making Fundraiser
April 9th

Southfork High A4AC Club
Hope for Freedom Benefit

April 13th


Charity support
Does your organization need a benefit concert? jazz? classical? musical theater?  We can produce the entire performance and support your cause with a unique source of revenue. 


Spotlight Opportunities

Are you a visual artist interested in showing at one of our events? We have display spaces available!

Contact us!


About us


A4AC is a Stuart-based, non-profit organization that improves communities by using the arts as a catalyst to achieve incredible results. The organization strives to solve community need problems through unique artistic endeavors.


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