As long as a man has a dream in his heart, he cannot lose the significance of living
Dr. Howard Thurman
Pbf...Arts, Inc. was incorporated in 2014 at the vision of Mrs. Lou Ann Pickett- Stroman. Several months after moving to Georgia with her husband Kenneth and son Kevin in 2004. Her husband of 31 years prematurely lost his life to a long term illness. Many of her friends, being concerned for her lost, asked if she would consider moving back to New York, she remarked "My life has purpose in Georgia"! She truly believes that the "mission" set forth in the Pbf...Arts, Inc. mission statement is a divine and passionate call on her life.
In today's world of rising cost, how can the arts community help families, from economically stressed and underserved communities, afford quality educational training in the performing arts? Our communities are full of young gifted and talented children whose gifts are underdeveloped. These are our gifted unseen, generally, unnoticed children!
Pbf...Arts, Inc. created as a non-profit organization aims to provide a financial resource to assist with this cost, by focusing on identifying and providing quality music education and training in a diverse, nurturing and artistic learning environment for any child or youth, demonstrating a serious interest or gift in the musical arts. Our program serve children with a number of learning challenges such as; autism, dyslexia, ADHD and "at risk" youth. We provide low cost affordable fees and scholarships based on fianacial need.
We work with gifted and talented young artists, whose families are committed to serious study and training in the performing musical arts. The Pbf...Arts Foundation Center's approach to training is from a classical foundation, but, strongly encourage the natural inclination of each child to explore all idioms of the musical arts. We are presently located in South Fulton County, 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta, GA (College Park). We offer after school and Saturday classes in voice, piano and violin. However, once in our new facility, we will expand to include many different musical instruments, a children's orchestra, chorus and musical theatre. Our instructors and teachers are industry professionals with performance and teaching experiences. Our services will include home work assistance, counseling, rehearsals and practice room space. The other key piece of our model is the summer music camp which focuses on theory, composition, ear training, note reading and technique.
We will engage a community of industry professionals, organizations, corporate sponsors, patrons of the arts and residents interested in supporting our efforts in identifying and developing these talented future young artists. It is our long term goal to remain true to our financial commitment by further seeking program grants to support this worthy cause. Will you please consider us a part of your annual charitable giving?
Although, established several years prior to receiving a nonprofit status by the State of Georgia (2014), PBF...Arts founder Mrs. Lou Ann Pickett-Stroman has been teaching and providing music lessons to community children in Atlanta since 2006. We have created a music program that focuses on the early development and training of children beginning at the age of 3 years old. The practice of serious musical training and discipline in the performing arts has been successfully tried and proven by many industry professionals and educators, showing a higher degree of academic success for children engaged early in music and the performing arts. Mrs. Pickett -Stroman has worked with several community and early childhood development educational programs in
Atlanta (Trinity Church Early Development Educational Center) ; Fairburn (CLC Church Community Music Program); Tyrone (The Goddard School & La Petite Academy). Encouraged by the success of her students and the desire to identify those children who may go unnoticed because of some lack in their lives is the driving force behind the Foundation for PBF...Arts.
Working with a Steering Committee composed of a small group of dedicated parents, PBF...Arts, Inc. was incorporated as a Domestic Nonprofit business by the State of Georgia in June of 2014 and has applied for the Federal 501 c3 status. PBF ...Arts, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors with an Advisory Board. The "Vision" for PBF...Arts, Inc. is to develop a community, world class, professional training school for the performing arts in South Fulton County and will be available to the surrounding areas. Plans also include the development of a professional children's chorus and orchestra.
PBF...Arts Steering Committee
Dietrice Bennett - Alzeda Betts - Vivian Birts - Ericka Brooks-Lallis - Vanessa Ellison - LaQusha Finley - Lou Ann Pickett-Stroman - Marilyn Tory - Edwina Gantt - Nakisha Harris - Yolanda Conwell - Pamela Majette
PBF...Arts Board of Directors
James E. Betts - Joseph Birts - Vivian Birts - Daniele Brock - Kevin L. Stroman - Lou Ann Stroman - Veronica Walker - Donavan Wesey
- Annual PBF Recital * Feb. , 2019 Trinity AME Church 3:00 PM 604 Lynhurst Dr, Atlanta, GA 30311
- Annual Run For Music 5K/1K
September 7, 2019
- An Evening With PBF...Arts Gala March 17, 2020 "A Celebration of Opera & Jazz" Location - TBA
- Annual Family & Friends Day
- Annual Summer Music Camp
Next Camp June 2019 * Location TBA