An important aspect of our mission as community members is to insure that Phoenix benefits from our participation in ways that meet it's specific needs.. At Onyx Art & Events, we are civic-minded and altruistic with the intent to become an intrinsic part of the solutions that correct what ails our neighborhoods. We are committed to contributing to the growth and betterment of our service area through partnerships with existing agencies, and initiating drives to identify and meet needs that have not been sufficiently addressed. We seek to partner with and include Onyx's patrons, sponsors and neighbors to leave our footprints in ways that effect positive changes now, and for our collective future.
The Reginald and Paul Sewell Foundation is focused on the mission to end stigmas associated with depression, suicidal thoughts and other forms of mental illness that unfortunately remain taboo subjects in too many communities, cultures and homes. The organization has partnered with and supported other programs of its kind since 2016, fostering it's recent growth to operate as an independent agent. Their efforts raise awareness, funds and cooperative projects between agencies, as well as to create conduits to care. The foundation will continue to strengthen connections between with those in need of care to existing services. These are initiatives that will help to dispel misinformation and the negative stereotypes associated with mental illnesses. Their goals are within reach with the support of our communities and professionals. We appreciate and salute the foundation's commitment and tireless work towards wellness and access to care.
Onyx Art Gallery became a proud community sponsor of the 2018 Int'l Jazz Foundation of Az to support the genre of this Black American-made music. That opportunity lead to further cooperatives between the Williams and "Doc" William Jones, bringing about the gallery's patronage of the foundation's summer programs that foster student interest, development and ability. They hope to positively impact Phoenix's creative place-making through strong community investments that will preserve the cultural legacy of jazz in the city. By way of this and other like-minded initiatives to mature the talents of it's young musicians, the valley will enjoy the growth of jazz and reap many benefits of its impacts on the arts community. More information on the program can be found at events.jazzdayaz.com.
Registration for lessons to young valley musicians currently at the intermediate and advanced levels will begin on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Parents or guardians interested to connect their children with one Phoenix's most prolific jazz musicians and educators can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your name, telephone number, your child's name and a brief synopsis of their musical history. Participants will use a recorder ($7) and drumsticks ($5). (Lessons are otherwise free.) If your student owns a brass, string, or woodwind instrument, they are welcomed to bring it to the lessons. Drums, keyboards and guitars are provided for use by the sponsors. Sessions will begin the week of July 16. For complete details, please email your inquiry. Spaces are limited. Classes will be formed by July 9th.