The Urban Choral Arts Society Inc.
Keeping the music alive
The Urban Choral Arts Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the achievement and esteem of Baltimore area youth through choral music and cultural arts. We seek to build a community of artists, preserve music of the African diaspora, and empower youth with competitive artistic skills for innovation.
According to the Chorus Impact Study commissioned by Chorus America, results show that choral participation cultivates positive attributes in singers, which in turn, benefits communities. Choral singing promotes critical thinking & collaboration, which are two invaluable skills necessary for 21st Century innovation. The results further show that children who sing in choruses have academic success and valuable life skills. Additionally, both parents and educators (from every discipline) attribute a significant part of a child’s academic success to singing in a choir.
While the research determined there are numerous academic and social benefits resulting from a child’s participation in a chorus, it also pointed to an alarming trend suggesting that these opportunities are not available, or are being reduced or eliminated from schools across the country. The Urban Choral Arts Society seeks to increase access for youth in traditionally under-served communities.