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ITF seeks artists, musicians, dancers for annual X-Perience
Weeklong conference encourages creativity and self-expression
 
Published Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:00 am
by Staff Reports

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Each year, hundreds of young, talented musicians, dancers, rappers, writers, actors, singers and visual artists participate in Inspire the Fire's weeklong X-Perience youth conference. This year's event will culminate with a youth-lead performance August 3 at Halton Theater.

Charlotte’s Inspire the Fire, a religion-based youth performance group, will hold its annual X-Perience conference for youth July 28 – August 2. The weeklong event gives young people ages 10-21 an opportunity to express themselves through voice, drama, dance, visual arts, poetry and rap in a fun, creative environment.

ITF is a non-profit organization created in 2006 to help kids succeed on stage and in life.  By providing a venue to showcase the talents of inner-city youth with the assistance of volunteer mentors, artists, and parents, the organization has touched 4,000 students and continues its efforts year-round through workshops in singing, dance, theatre and visual arts.

Participation in ITF is free to all participants. The next date for interested artists, musicians, dancers, rappers and technicians to register for The X-Perience conference is July 26 at DTLR stores citywide.

Partnering once again with Central Piedmont Community College and The Arts & Science Council, ItF will host multiple events for participating youth featuring special guest appearances, motivational speakers and team-building exercises.

The X-Perience week will conclude with a finale performance spotlighting teen talent on August 3 at 7 p.m. in CPCC’s Halton Theater. This performance will feature original material – musical and theatrical performances – created by the young playwrights, actors, choreographers, dancers and visual artists involved in the program. Tickets are $15. This year’s theme “All or Nothing.”

Anyone interested in supporting the X-Perience can donate $50 to sponsor one youth through the entire program. Donations of any amount are always welcome and accepted year round.

For more information, visit www.inspirethefire.org or contact Tangi Davis by email at imerge1@aol.com or by phone at (704) 777-9206.

 

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