MOUNTAIN AREA — For many, this is a season of giving. In the busy days leading up to Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 25, we invite readers to join in celebrating twelve local nonprofits and the people behind them who are making a difference.
For our sixth day, we look at Vision Academy of the Arts,
Day #6 Vision Academy of the Arts
- What is it? Vision Academy of the Arts was formed in 1994 with four workshops and has grown to include concerts, summer camp, annual daffodil planting, and more. They provide scholarships for students in pursuit of arts, teach classes for children and adults, perform concerts and musical events, and volunteer for community events. With accomplished professionals instructors, students range from novice to seasoned.
- Who’s behind it? Vision Academy is made up entirely of community volunteers. Jackie Byers, Sheila Adams, Kent Byers, and a dedicated Board of Directors comprise the leadership of Vision Academy, They also rely on the talents of community members who teach classes and help run the summer camp, along with high school students who mentor the younger campers. Sierra Chamber Singers choir and its offshoot, Sierra Chamber Maids, both operate under the umbrella of Vision Academy of the Arts.
- Website. www.visionacademyofthearts.org
- Why we love it. Vision’s vision is one of enrichment through art, music, poetry, drama and dance, in a community that serves as an extension of the classroom. Jackie Byers teaches choir in the schools, is a frequently accompanies community programs on piano, and every summer offers three weeks of affordable and fun arts camp that sees children go from young participants to teen leaders. The Chamber Singers and Chamber Maids concerts and appearances are favorites to see, and are among the many ways that Vision Academy raises money for their school scholarship fund. To date, the organization has given over $150,000 to area graduates who have gone on to pursue higher education in the arts. The Vision Academy message is, “Your star shining softly on its own, but brightly when shared with others.”