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20X20 for Colorado Gives Day

Help bring for 20 more kids into our after school program by January 1, 2020. Schedule your Colorado Gives Day gift early so you don’t forget!

It costs a minimum of $2,500 a year for a student to take weekly private lessons and participate in an orchestral or choral extracurricular organization.

What would happen if those costs disappeared for our city’s under-served communities? What would happen if everyone had access to the power of music?

El Sistema Colorado is making this a reality for Denver’s children.

We believe music has the power to change lives for the better by teaching perseverance, teamwork, and social responsibility through an ensemble setting. Our mission is to transform lives through music education by providing intensive in-school and after-school music programs.

Click here to make your gift today!

Denver convening sets stage for greater access to music education

By El Sistema Colorado Staff

El Sistema Colorado is excited to partner with the Colorado Symphony and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra to lead a discussion about access to quality music education for Denver’s at-risk youth, a goal that directly supports El Sistema Colorado’s mission. Team Tipton is facilitating the convening of dozens of Denver’s music education organizations, with funding support from Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation. The convening will take place October 3 & 4 with the goal of creating an action plan that addresses issues around music education in Denver, particularly inclusivity, diversity, and racial and economic equity.

Visit the Colorado Symphony website for an executive summary, survey results and research to-date.

We will post updates after this important gathering.

One Orchestra. One Community. One New Home.

El Sistema Colorado celebrates its first after-school community hub, a thriving music center, ensuring equal access.
“…because music is a right, not a privilege.” ~ Maestro José Antonio Abreu


From El Sistema Colorado Board and Staff 

We always knew we needed a central home.

One place to unite our orchestra. 

One place to build stronger community. 

One place for joyful music ~ a human right for all.

We have found that home in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood, thanks to a new partnership with the Denver Housing Authority. We are preparing it to launch programming in our new home to 75 students after school, Fall 2019.

El Sistema Colorado has served over 1,300 students since 2012. Now, this new, centralized community hub, located at 2980 Curtis Street, will welcome our current young musicians and families, as well as new ones. The center will be located one to three miles from our partnering Denver Public Schools: Garden Place Elementary Swansea Elementary and Bruce Randolph Middle and High School, which are located in the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Cole and Clayton neighborhoods. And there will be plenty of room to serve more kids, both from our current partner schools, and from within our new Curtis Park / Five Points neighborhood.

Thank you to everyone who has supported El Sistema Colorado from the beginning. We could not have done it without you.

El Sistema Colorado Community Music Center

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