Beyond musical performance and instruction, Kimberly and the Piano Lab Faculty believe strongly in social advocacy. As President of the Asheville Area Piano Forum (AAPF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit; as a board member of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra; and on the Community Advisory Board of local NPR station WCQS (88.1), she worked tirelessly to bring further artistic and social outreach, constantly exploring more ways to improve and strengthen the connections within our communities.
We are excited to be in the early stages of a revolutionary set of programs which use quality music education to help create the leaders of the next generation. These donation-based programs are designed to be tuition-free and geared towards those kids whose families could not otherwise afford music education.
In the Fall of 2011, the AAPF (in partnership with Piano Lab and with Piano Emporium) sponsored the start of “Keys for Kidz,” a program providing 6-12-year-olds with their first direct exposure to the world of music and the fine arts in a piano-ensemble environment. It is inspired in part by the Venezuelan model for positive social and economic change, commonly known as El Sistema— a network or “system” of youth orchestras, choirs, and other music ensembles whose sole purpose is to lift up and encourage youth within a caring artistic community. If you are interesting in learning more about these programs and how you can make a difference right now, Contact Us.