In March, a group of interested local leaders met to discuss the formation of an affiliate program of the regional the Junior Appalachian Musicians Program.
The meeting set the wheels in motion for the implementation of an after-school program for Jackson County in the fall of 2011, providing instruction and performance opportunities for youth in traditional Appalachian and bluegrass string instruments. Upfront funding was granted by the Jackson County Arts Council, with other grant applications in the works.
Individual contributions of money or instruments are needed. Instrument contributions are coordinated by Ray Menze at 828.293.3407.
Contributions should be sent to Heather Gordon, Jackson County 4-H, 538 Scotts Creek Rd, Suite 205, Sylva, N.C., 28779.