YAP concert

The junior choir kicked off the Youth Arts Program concert Jan. 18 by singing ‘Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag.’

The Youth Arts Program recently received almost $2,000 in grants.

The Juniper Arts Council awarded $1,450 to YAP’s string program. The funding will provide repairs and new cases and bows for previously donated instruments.

Additionally, quarter- and half-size instruments will be purchased so students can try playing an instrument in their size. These instruments will be used as low-cost rentals for students who could not otherwise afford lessons.

This will help establish a bowed string program, and low-cost group violin lessons will soon be offered.

The John Day United Methodist Church, represented by lay leaders Shermayne Boethin, Becky Carey and Sherry Feiger, presented YAP with a $500 grant. The Oregon-Idaho Conference gave every church $500 to use for community outreach, and they agreed YAP was their choice.

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