The Sphinx Organization, a US non-profit organization dedicated to the development of young American Black and Latin classical musicians, has this week announced the four 2020 Finalists for the US $25,000 'Sphinx Tank' Grant.
Presented annually to an emerging arts & cultural entrepreneur of color, each of the four 2020 finalists will pitch their project to a panel of cultural entrepreneurial experts at this year's SphinxConnect Conference - in Detroit, in February.
This 2020 'Sphinx Tank' Grant Finalists are:
- Portia Dunkley for her 'Colorful Violin Method' project - a mobile music education program for young learners between the ages of 2 and 5
- Marielisa and Mariesther Alvarex for their 'Boston String Academy' initiative - inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema model to provide string instruments and instruction for children in under-served communities
- Joshua Leak for his 'Arts Explosion United' project - a program to bring together young musicians, poets, dancers and visual artists from all over the United States to promote diversity and inclusion in the arts
- Garbielle Molina for her 'Teaching Artists International' project - an initiative to develop global citizen musicians through artistic cultural exchanges