by Shelby Joy Adams
We use music for entertainment, to inspire our bodies to move, to coax our brains into a given state - we use it to communicate, to evoke emotions, to sell, to stimulate, to reminisce. The power of music is true and lasting. But, for some, musical enrichment is out of reach.
It’s not that North Minneapolis has ever been void of art and music - the Northside has birthed many prized musicians like Jimmy Jam of the duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Rhymesayer’s Brother Ali, and Minnesota’s own artist forever known as Prince. It’s clear that there is no lack of musical talent or ability in North Minneapolis, but there has been little stable infrastructure to pass on musical knowledge and support a musical community.
Hopewell Music has made it our mission to enrich lives and empower the North Minneapolis community through high-quality music education. Low-cost to free music lessons, classes, ensembles, instrument rental, and concerts ensure that all members of the community have access to music, whether it be through education or entertainment. In five short years, Hopewell has become the premier source of music education on the north side, serving about 500 students in private lessons and offering nearly 20 free concerts and community events every year.
Now, Hopewell wasn’t founded by an independently wealthy supporter of the arts. In order to provide music access and enrichment in North Minneapolis, our organization raises at least 50% of our annual operating budget. Minnesotans have made it clear that we care deeply for the arts, and we understand the importance of creative expression. That’s how Give to the Max Day came to be - Minnesotans decided to create a platform to connect the generous people of our state to cause-based organizations like Hopewell Music.
This year, Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 16th and Hopewell Music is aiming to raise $5,000 for music education in North Minneapolis. Visit our campaign page to learn more about Hopewell and donate to put the power of music in the hands of North Minneapolis students.