GRAMMY Museum in Tune With Heart and Soul of Inner-City Students Monday, April 11 - 11 a.m. at L.A. Live
"Best Blues Instrumentalist" Henry Butler, blinded since birth, leads 200 downtown children in inspiring, interactive celebration of the power of music
LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2011 --
Eight-time W.C. Handy "Best Blues Instrumentalist" award nominee Henry Butler visits with 200 students and faculty from historic neighboring Immaculate Conception School. Blinded at birth by glaucoma, Butler is a master of musical diversity having played piano since the age of six. Butler is also a world-class photographer whose works are exhibited throughout the United States.
The GRAMMY Museum welcomes downtown students into its state-of-the-art Clive Davis Theater in audience with renowned artist Henry Butler. The museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, occupying a vibrant space in downtown Los Angeles with a one-of-a-kind 30,000-square-foot museum with interactive, permanent and traveling exhibits. Its education mission is to use music as a gateway to learning, inspiring and cultivating creativity, critical-thinking and self-expression. Henry Butler exemplifies this mission in this intimate dialogue with the inner-city children of Immaculate Conception School.
Immaculate Conception School serves the Pico-Union neighborhood adjacent to L.A. Live, providing outstanding academic outcomes in the central city for over 90 years. It is a member of the Catholic Schools Consortium, a pilot project of the Specialty Family Foundation, whose mission includes the Believe It! Campaign to boost the opportunities, awareness and resources for at-risk populations of students in nine identified communities within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. While half the families in Pico-Union live below the federal poverty line, over 90-percent of Immaculate Conception School students advance and matriculate to colleges and universities.
WHEN & WHERE:
Monday, April 11, GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Student tour starts at 10:00 a.m.; Henry Butler event at 11:00 a.m.
Notes to Editors
Excellent VIDEO and PHOTO opportunity. Interviews available in English and Spanish.
SOURCE GRAMMY Museum