Let Beauty Awaken is an initiative spearheaded by four local high school students. The idea originated with Thomas West. Thomas, a senior at McCallie, is a singer. After performing on the NPR show, From The Top, he performed at a local public school. While he was there he became painfully aware of the lack of funding for the arts and music in local public schools and determined then and there to do something about it. Together with Ralston Hartness, his friend at McCallie he began developing the fundraising initiative they call Let Beauty Awaken. After two years they have finally begun to realize their goal.
On Thursday November 21st they will be hosting a release party at The Chattanooga Theatre Center for a fundraising CD featuring musicians from local private and public schools. Two of their friends, Megan Daniel and McKenna Quatro, both seniors at Baylor, who’ve been working with Thomas and Ralston on the project have put together an exhibition of paintings by students from local public and private schools. The paintings will be displayed in the lobby of The Chattanooga Theater Center. Richard Winham talked to Thomas West and Megan Daniel.