Sticking Up For Children's Second Music & Arts Day
Saturday, August 10, at the New Orleans Healing Center 2372 St. Claude Avenue,
New Orleans, LA
Cyril Neville, Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, Alexey Marti, and many more outstanding drummers and musicians are participating in the second Music & Arts Day hosted by Sticking Up For Children at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St, Claude Avenue in New Orleans, Saturday, August 10, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Sticking Up For Children is the brainchild of Cyril Neville and Yonrico Scott and their band mates in the Royal Southern Brotherhood. Their great idea of funding orphanages in Haiti through donated and decorated drumsticks was then taken up by Maryse Dejean and Don Paul and spread further through performances in New Orleans and elsewhere.
The mission of Sticking Up For Children
is firstly to fund two orphanages and schools in Haiti, the Foyer Espoir Pour les Enfants in Delmas on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince and the Youpi Youpi Fondamental School in Cayes Jacmel, through the sale of drumsticks that have been donated and signed by well-known drummers. Idris Muhammad, Stanton Moore, Pedrito Martinez, Nick Cooper, Don Robinson, Luther Gray, Michael Skinkus, and many more are contributors to the project, as are clarinetist Evan Christopher, saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr., and vibraphonist Harry Sheppard. Yasiin Bey (the former Mos Def) was the first purchaser of drumsticks from Sticking Up For Children.
Sticking Up For Children's first Music & Arts Day at the New Orleans Healing Center, May 25, 2013, drew a over 100 supporters during its three hours--drummers, dancers, and artists with Sharpies. More than 25 pairs of donated drumstick were boldly enlivened by the artists' designs.