Perform 4 Purpose was formed for the charitable purpose of fostering and encouraging youth involvement in the arts in the Central New York area, by providing opportunities for live performance events that will benefit local charitable needs in our community. We seek to include events for those involved in all forms of artistic expression such as music, theater, and dance. To this end, we are committed to establishing a family-oriented organization that provides children a safe, wholesome environment where they can experience the joy and wonder of live performance, while developing skills to make better life choices and become contributing members of the community.
When my father and I began the process of creating Perform 4 Purpose in the beginning of 2011, we intended to spread the power of music and giving back throughout our local community. Since then, our vision has grown. Through all of the Perform 4 Purpose programs, we hope to make a long-lasting effect on our children and communities. We set out to provide all children with the ability to explore different forms of artistic expression, and the ability to learn and perform their talents. With backgrounds in educational settings, we have grown to understand the importance of a safe and enjoyable outlet for children. As a result, Perform 4 Purpose includes individuals of all ages and backgrounds, but takes particular interest in children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. Our intention is to not only provide our students with the opportunity to learn and express their artistic talents, but to instill in our children the importance of giving back to the community. It is our hope that Perform 4 Purpose chapters will one day span the country, making a difference in the lives of the children and local community in cities all over the United States.
-Jennifer Van Arsdale, Co-Founder