Outreach Programs

Project Harmony

By engaging children in orchestra programs that foster skill development, self-confidence and personal empowerment, Project Harmony creates social transformation through music. 

Program Description

Project Harmony is a community-based orchestra outreach program inspired by the El Sistema youth and community development program of Venezuela. Since 2017, Arts+ and the Charlotte Symphony (CSO) have partnered to offer the program, aimed at building pathways to success for Charlotte-area youth through music. With classes held two to three times each week, participants form a community around music-making – learning from professional teachers and collegiate music interns and forming mentor/mentee relationships within the group. All students who participate are provided with instruments free of charge since most don't own one. Project Harmony currently serves more than 150 students in four low-income neighborhoods across Charlotte: Winterfield, Montclaire South, West Charlotte and West Sugar Creek. 

Project Harmony is sponsored by Culture Blocks— a community partnership between ASC, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to bring arts and cultural experiences closer to where residents live. Culture Blocks is funded by Mecklenburg County.


Arts+ is grateful for these partners that make Project Harmony possible:

  • Clt Sym Logo Wdirectorlg Best
  • Leonard G. Herring Family Foundation
  • Classics for Kids Foundation
  • D.G. Brungard Foundation
  • Rea Charitable Trust
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation