A delegation of officials from the Republic of Haiti met in Miami on May 22, 2014 with Allison Novack, co-founder and producer of 1308 Productions, to discuss the importance of expanding music education opportunities for youth in Haiti.
The group was extremely impressed with and receptive to Allison’s ideas and suggestions and pledged to work with 1308 to raise awareness and begin the process of bringing music to the lives of many young people in Haitian communities. “1308 is setting an enormously positive example in its music education and public service endeavors, and we hope to move towards implementation of the ideas in the near future,” said Mayor Marie Geralde Zamore Lemite of the city of Tabarre.
The meeting was organized by public officials as well as educational and business leaders in the United States and in Haiti, including former Mayor and Councilman Philippe Derose, Wilfred Belfort, president of the Bel Hotel, and Professor Alfred Mentor. “The ideas and concepts exchanged today form a basis for great things to come, and we are so grateful for the interest of 1308 Productions in helping our communities develop the ability to serve our young population in Haiti,” said Professor Mentor. In attendance were many officials of all levels of government in Haiti.
1308 seeks to bring positive attention to the multi-faceted benefits of music education for youth, and how music can help inspire and motivate young people to achieve a wide array of goals and objectives. Voice of America Radio continues to recognize this extraordinary outreach effort which will be the focus of international news broadcasts that will be linked to this site and available to be heard by people around the world.