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Ill Style and Peace Productions Presents Hip Hop for the Holidays


Hip Hop for the Holidays is a fundraiser to support arts programming for all children. Young Audiences Arts for Learning of Eastern PA is one of the area’s leaders in providing arts and education through arts programming to children. The dance and music celebration will be performed by Ill Style and Peace Productions, an exciting dance crew whose performances were recently featured on America’s Best Dance Crew, on Thursday, December 3 at the Adrienne Theatre in the Amaryllis Theatre (performance space also known as the Playground, on Sansom Street), operated and donated for the event by Amaryllis Theatre Company. A minimum donation of 15 dollars is requested for the event, although the organization’s board members hope that guests might dig a little deeper for the holidays and make larger donations in support of bringing arts experiences to children. Every little bit helps, even if it is just a dollar!

The show begins at 7:30 (doors open at 7:00pm) with a medley of moving dance performances and some holiday fun. "This is our gift to the children in the region," says Aileen McCulloch, Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, Eastern PA. Part of the Young Audiences ARTS FOR PEACE initiative, Ill Style and Peace Productions has made it their mission to reach as many children as possible through their exciting in-school programs that encourage students to Become Your Dreams. The dance assembly shares the history of hip-hop through exciting dance programs, while also sharing the crew members uplifting message about how dance saved them from making bad choices as children and teens on the Philadelphia streets. “This Hip Hop group is electric and inspirational. Last year, Ill Style and Peace wowed Philadelphia audiences when they were the opening act for Cirque du Soliel at the Greater Philadelphia Arts and Business Council annual Awards Ceremony," says McCulloch.

“There’s not a non-profit in the region that isn’t suffering from the current economy,” explains McCulloch. “Arts organization, and programs that provide educational opportunities are particularly troubled this year as the trickle down from the stock market hits harder and harder at our level. Although the Pennsylvania State Budget did keep some funding in the budget, arts and education were hit hard with budget cuts. Right now every penny is essential, so we are holding this event to help raise awareness of the need for arts in the classroom, and to find funds to provide that service.”

All kinds of goodies are being for the night of music and dance, donated by the board members and generous patrons for the silent auction and raffles: CDs, hand blown glass ornaments, a bottle of Dom Perignon, a TiVo system, and many other great items. Also, refreshments will be available for the attendees at a cost.

YAEP has a roster of artists who donate their skills and time to raise money to bring the arts to kids in schools, from Allentown to Philly- the entire region. One can also donate directly to YAEP and specify where they'd like their donation dollars to go in the Adopt a School, Adopt an Artist or Adopt Arts for Learning programs.

According to statistics, children provided with learning opportunities in the arts have increased success in all curriculum areas. Even though study after study has revealed this, school budgets for the arts have continually been cut leaving those who benefit most from exploring creative ways of thinking, without an opportunity to do so. For over 50 years, YAEP has made the arts available to the children of the Southeastern PA region. By partnering with schools to bring professional artists into the classroom, YAEP remains committed to providing access for all students to educational programs of the highest quality. YA affiliates across the country present multicultural arts residencies, workshops and performances to millions of children a year. Organizations such as the PNC Bank, Target Foundation, Rentschler, Barra and Cameron Foundations have all assisted during the last year to make local arts programming possible!

So don't forget - come to a night of fun, fundraising, dance and song, by YAEP! If you are unable to stop by for this exciting event, please consider making a tax-deductible donation by visiting YAEP.

Young Audiences of Eastern PA is located at 208 Dekalb Street in Norristown, and can be reached at 215-868-8456.

Don't forget!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Adrienne Theatre - Amaryllis Playground

2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA

Ill Style and Peace Productions performing


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