Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Musicians Across the Straits

A group of Florida musicians plan a Sept. 27 concert to raise money for a project called Musicians Across the Straits, touted as "a way to celebrate the normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba through music."
The non-profit Friendship Association in St. Augustine, Fla., is organizing the effort. The group's goal is to promote "a spirit of friendship through people-to-people educational exchanges and participation in meaningful projects," according to Yosi "Jo" McIntire, the association's outreach coordinator.
Ten St. Augustine musicians will perform concerts that our host, Sociedad Civil, will use to raise awareness and to promote the merits of the social inclusion of intellectually challenged youth into society.
Sociedad Civil is a branch of the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana, Eusebio Leal, responsible for stimulating grassroots community projects in Cuba.
For this initiative, the Friendship Association has partnered with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida and is reaching out to other U.S. organizations working in the area of youth with intellectual challenges.
The concert will be held at the Limelight Theatre at 11 Old Mission Ave in St Augustine. Doors open at 6 p.m. Suggested contribution: $20.

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