Local Daniel Island artist, Kris Manning, is donating all art profits made in September, October and November to The Music Battery. Along with Braeden Kershner, Manning is co-founder of this new 501c3 non-profit after school program that benefits children ages 8-14 years old in North Charleston.
"I have the opportunity to make art to support the arts. How cool is that?" says Manning, " September projects include an original painting for a book cover for a DI author, painted windows for DI businesses Bohemia Salon & Spa, Crescent Moon Orthodontics and Black Tie Music Academy for breast cancer awareness month, fabrication and painting of a mask for a local DI boy's room and custom built and painted corn hole sets for a DI doctor and his wife. "I like to work in many different mediums and I'm extremely lucky to have so many local Daniel Island customers supporting my art. I thought it was important to pay it forward and donate the money to The Music Battery so we could get some drums in the kids hands before their first concert on November 14th.
The Music Battery after-school program operates Monday-Friday from 4-7pm at the Ferndale Community Center in North Charleston, SC. The program begins with tutoring to complete each student's homework assignments from school. Upon completion, students migrate to the practice room where they warm up with calisthenics and marching drills. Students are given instruction in rhythm and music and each are assigned to a section in the drumline. Each student is taught how to care for and play their instrument and taught the discipline and responsibility required to participate in a drum unit. A gospel choir and dance unit are also part of the program curriculum.
Any customer commissioning a piece in September, October and November will have the satisifaction of knowing that 100% of the proceeds from that art will be donated to The Music Battery. It doesn't get any better than that! To commission a piece contact Kris at: firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call 860.305.7975 To donate directly to The Music Battery visit www.themusicbattery.com.