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Garden Place Creates Paper Violin Orchestra

Last week, over 150 family members of Garden Place Academy helped 72 kindergartens each create a papier-mâché violin!  The paper violin orchestra helps young students learn to hold and bow the instrument before graduating to real violins at the end of February.

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Photographs by Brigid Mcauliffe and provided courtesy of The Piton Foundation.


From the President: Welcome!

The date of our official program launch is near and our team at El Sistema Colorado is so very excited!

As we look into January 2012, the future is very bright indeed. We began serving more than 70 kindergarteners as part of our in-school program this fall. On January 9th, El Sistema Colorado will begin its after school program serving over 30 third graders at Garden Place Academy in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. The third graders cannot wait!

The path to these events over the last year has been challenging and rewarding, but most importantly, our board has been lucky enough to work with some wonderful people. After all, isn’t it always the people who surround us that make us successful? (more…)

El Sistema Colorado Launches January 9, 2012

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Beginning January 9, 2012, El Sistema Colorado launches its first site at Garden Place Elementary in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. We will serving 100 kindergartners and third graders with a team of three teaching artists and our Program Coordinator, Dr. Diana Howard.