ACH Clear Pathways is a diverse nonprofit aimed at children of all cultures that enjoy being creative. ACH desires to touch the hearts of children and bring out creativity that will inspire them to do great things. Professional educators, teachers, and mentors will contract to provide each child with a unique learning experience. On August 18 the organization will be having their annual fundraiser at the Lexus Club located in the Consol Energy Center.
The “Women of Jazz” benefit concert will feature Etta Cox, Sandra Dowe, The Teresa Hawthorne Band and the Al Dowe Band.
Here is a look at a few of the performers:
Etta Cox is one of the top Jazz vocalists in the country. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, and trained as a music educator, Cox was selected as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine for 1995. She was awarded Woman of the Year in Arts and Music by the Pittsburgh Vectors Society and she received the Harry Schwalb award for Excellence in the Arts. She consistently wins annual Arts Awards for Jazz. She has appeared on Broadway, in movies, in local productions at the City Theater and the Public Theater, and has co-hosted a television talk show, all between club work and working with area children in the schools.
Sandra Dowe performs at Pittsburgh festivals, jazz clubs and social events, Sandra also enjoys teaching vocal music, dance and acting to youth K-8th in several Pittsburgh schools. She is a member of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh and has been a part of the choir and worship team with whom she traveled to Boston, Atlanta, Korea, S. Africa and Zimbabwe. Her special love is singing contemporary Christian music as well as Jazz. Dowe expresses that although singing with local groups and big bands is her first love, Ms. Dowe has also enjoyed featured roles in such theater productions as Ain’t Misbehavin’, One Mo’ Time, Blues in the Night, Beehive and The Crawford Grill Presents Billie Holiday.
The mission of ACH Clear Pathways is to provide low-cost visual and performing arts programs to urban community at-risk youth in order to nurture their social, emotional and long-term development skills. Director Tyian Battle states, “We believe that the acquisition of a moral compass, civility, knowledge of culture, and service to the communities in which we serve are important as the academic prowess in finding and leading of a full and productive life”.
Tickets are $25 and are available at Stederford’s Records on East Ohio Street or by calling 412-620-8862.