Deb Gordon’s guest was Camille Zamora, Co-Founding Director of Sing for Hope, a not for profit that utilizes volunteer artists from multiple genres to uplift, teach and transform the under-resourced in schools, community centers and healthcare facilities. Ms. Zamora started Sing for Hope shortly after the tragedy surrounding September 11, with best friend and fellow soprano Monica Yunus, when they were both Julliard students. The life-changing event inspired them to use their talents to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the community, and Sing for Hope was born.
Sing for Hope’s Art U! partners with schools and provides a variety of artistic disciplines including dance, drama and creative writing to New York’s most vulnerable children, and also consists of a Youth Chorus. Ms. Zamora expressed the importance of offering this type of art, music and cultural outreach to young people to help them develop their potential through artistic expression, which contributes to their overall success. Sing for Hope offers these programs to the community free of charge.
Many New Yorkers are familiar with The Sing for Hope Pianos, which is an innovative public art project that brings 88 uniquely designed pianos to various parks and public spaces throughout the 5 boroughs in the summer. The pianos are not only visually appealing, but all passersby – novice or accomplished –are encouraged to play them. Sing for Hope’s piano art and music project has grown in popularity and is a much anticipated happening for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Each year, after the exhibition ends, the pianos are donated to schools, healthcare facilities, and community centers.