Students of Ackerman Academy will present a special music program with artists-in-residence from Portland nonprofit My Voice Music on Thursday, March 13, at The Place to Be Cafe from 6-8:30 p.m.
The performance is a culminating project for the high school music students, who have been writing and practicing their own songs as an elective during the winter trimester. The performance will include original art from students, poetry readings and special guest Grammy-nominated blues musician Ellen Whyte, who worked with the students for their performance last year. The program also includes original music, a variety of cover songs, and students manning everything from the instruments to the cameras from OCTS, which will be there to record the event.
Thanks to a grant from the Canby Education Foundation, Ackerman Academy brought in My Voice Music, which works with at-risk youth to empower them through music and expression.
The Place to Be Cafe is hosting the program as part of its Mission Possible, event series, and 25 percent of the profits earned during the performance will be donated to continue the arts at Ackerman.
The fundraising will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the students will arrive at 6 p.m. for a short reception.