M3 lets creative voices be heardWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The success of last year’s “My Music is Major Art Showcase,” or “M3,” inspired its creator, Jelise Roberts, to tweak, add and expand the event. The show’s theme, “music through art,” benefits the scholarship fund named for Roberts’ grandfather, Toledo music legend, Charles W. McDaniel. He was a music mentor to many musicians in the city and played a pivotal role in the music community as the first African-American secretary treasurer at American Federation of Musicians Local 15286. All proceeds from the sale of artwork will benefit the Charles W. McDaniel Scholarship, which is a faction of the Jeremy Lincoln Foundation and is given to high school seniors pursuing a degree in the arts.
At 5:30 p.m. May 19 at Fort Industry Square Building Upstairs Ballroom, 136 Water St., M3 will honor McDaniel’s memory while featuring music and art from the youth in the Toledo area. Talented juniors and seniors will display their art with music provided by Bowsher High School’s Jazz Band.
The focus of the show last year was Roberts’ amazing artwork, which featured portraits of music legends like Dizzy Gillespie and this year will feature her Whitney Houston piece. Due to the close musical relationship her grandfather had with youth, it seemed natural to add their music and art to the show.
“My grandfather was always about uplifting the youth, making sure they have a voice and making sure they’re being mentored,” Roberts said.
“M3” is receiving positive support from area schools. There will be artistic representations from Rogers, Bowsher and Scott high schools and Toledo Christian School, to name a few. “M3” follows the beliefs of McDaniel to remain dedicated to giving a voice to youth by providing guidance and mentorship using music and art. “M3” plans to spread not only the show, but also its message in various artistic shows beyond Toledo. Roberts is driven by her concern about the elimination of music programs in schools and her desire is to have Toledo’s professional artists mentor and continue to uplift and encourage creativity in young artists the way she was encouraged in her youth.
At the showcase, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase Roberts’ and Toledo native artist Eric Jefferson’s original work and/or prints. There will be judging of the student art. At the event, “M3” will introduce a paint-by-numbers concept, “The Brush,” which will allow everyone at the show to interact and become part of one community piece.
McDaniel’s commitment to connecting and uplifting creativity in Toledo lives on through “My Music Is Major Art Showcase.” For the future endeavors of “M3,” Roberts will be looking for artists, musicians and volunteers to help carry out the program’s youth initiative. She can be contacted at Jelise.Roberts@gmail.com or at (419) 535-3126.
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