(Raising the Hopes of Youth Through Harmony and Music)
The RHYTHM Project began in 2005 with an annual field trip of fourth grade students from Dassa McKinney Elementary School to the Blackwood Estate. The purpose of this field trip is to inspire them to enter the school's music program by attending a special children's organ concert and watching a brief silent film accompanied by an organist on the Blackwood theater pipe organ. Blackwood Arts also supplements the music education program with donations of instruments and music training from third - and fourth - year music students at Slippery Rock University. We are proud to support the gift of music for these children who might not otherwise receive it as a result of the budget constraints in the school district.