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Gospel acts sing to benefit art school

September 02, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • The Ebenezer AME Church Choir sings a gospel tune Sunday at Doubs Woods Park in Hagerstown. The performance was part of a gospel concert to raise money for the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The sounds of gospel music filled the air at Doub’s Woods Park Sunday afternoon during a fundraiser for the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc. in Hagerstown.

About seven groups performed and money was raised for the school through donations, said Ron Lytle, chief executive officer of the school on West Franklin Street.

The school offers free art classes to youths and serves 300 to 500 youths a year, Lytle said. He said previously that he believes it is important to expose youths to art education because it helps them in other subjects.

The school serves those in kindergarten through 12th grade, and the next set of classes starts Tuesday, Lytle said.

About 50 people attended the event, which included a spread of food while the groups performed from a covered stage in the park.

A group from Ebenezer AME Church on Bethel Street gave a spirited performance, and those in attendance periodically started a rhythm of claps to accompany the afternoon of music.

Also performing were two from Pittsburgh, Lytle said.

Francine Smith, who was listening to the music while sitting at a picnic table, said she just learned about the school. The Hagerstown resident said she likes the idea of the art school because it is a way to keep youths off the streets.

Another group performing was the Jesus Freaks, whose music was strictly vocals.

One of the members of the group, Aaron Waters, said Jesus Freaks has been together for about seven months. Waters said the group exists as another way to spread the word of God and performed recently at City Park.

Lytle said Sunday’s event marked the 10th year for the fundraiser.

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