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ASO Preview from the Podium: The Firebird

Music Director Christopher Wilkins was joined on stage by Dr. Kwame Scruggs and students from Alchemy during his Preview from the Podium for The Firebird.

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Drumming, Myth, and Music with the Akron Symphony Orchestra

Featuring the Russian legend of The Firebird

Where: EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
When: Friday, February 10, 2017; 8 p.m.
Tickets: 330-535-8131 or visit AkronSymphony.org

You are invited to join the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Christopher Wilkins for Stravinsky’s The Firebird. The evening will feature a presentation by members of Alchemy, the Akron-based organization that assists in the development of urban adolescent males through mentoring and through study and analysis of myths told to the beat of an African drum.

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Drumming & Myth: Healing Urban Youth Through Alchemy

Alchemy is a nonprofit organization in Akron, OH that provides a safe environment and sense of community to assist in the development of urban adolescents through the telling, discussion, and interpretation of mythological stories and fairy tales told to the beat of an African drum.

Since 2003, Alchemy has worked with over 2,000 male youth in its creative youth development programs. In 2012, they received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities.

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National Guild Member Testimonial: Kwame Scruggs

Kwame Scruggs is the founder and director of programs and training for Alchemy, Inc., a non-profit organization in Akron, Ohio established in 2003. Alchemy creates a safe environment for the development of urban adolescent males through the telling, discussion and analysis of mythological stories and fairy tales. In 2012 Alchemy was one of 12 programs to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities—the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school programs. Alchemy was also the backdrop for the award-winning, feature-length documentary, “Finding the Gold Within.” The film, released in 2014, has been screened at both the Mill Valley Film Festival and Cleveland International Film Festival.

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Alchemy names Dr. Lathardus Goggins II Executive Director

AKRON, OH — The Alchemy board of directors has announced the hiring of Dr. Lathardus Goggins II as Executive Director. Goggins joins Alchemy founder G. Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D., who has been named Founder and Director of Programs and Training. The move represents a key step in the organization’s capacity-building initiatives.
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