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She Opens Doors for Under-Resourced Youths

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Ruby was a strong believer in music education and the arts. She believed that everyone possessed creative talent and she persistently sought to avail the opportunity to students regardless of their age, financial, or social status. This foundation was therefore developed so that students with financial need can be given the opportunity to pursue their artistic educational and career goals. Ruby's approach to music education was innovative and quite eclectic. She offered her students a rich array of artistic experiences in performance, vocal pedagogy, piano techniques, poetic interpretation and theatrical acting. Her legacy was rich. She left no artistic stone unturned. She founded the first Ruby Holland School of Music in 1958 in British Guiana, South America. She was a strong supporter of the arts in her community where she produced many musical plays.

Elizabeth volunteered to be a monitor for the Music Festival held at the University of Central Florida, her first since migrating from her homeland and until then, the young woman who had grown up participating in The National Music Festivals in Guyana, she did not realize how much she had missed the life of music.

She noticed that 95% of the students who participated in the festival seemed to be affluent, and she became curious about reaching students whose parents cannot afford to pay for music lessons. Ruby's legacy was beginning to surface.  Elizabeth researched and worked with a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club to find a club that would like her service. She volunteered with the South West Orlando Boys & Girls Club, teaching a class of 23 students who transitioned to her private studio. And thus, began Ruby's legacy. The doors of opportunity were opened to children who wanted to learn music regardless of their age, financial or social status.

Learn more at https://rubyhollandfoundation.org/


 

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