“The Confidence to Pursue all of My Dreams”

Decathlete and Olympic gold medalist, Dan O’Brien playing trumpet in 1982

Did you know that decathlete and Olympic gold medalist, Dan O’Brien, was a trumpet player, just like Arts Horizons’ founder John Devol? This week, Dan shared his support of Arts Horizons’ mission by highlighting an image of himself playing trumpet from 1982. Dan shares that, “I don’t know where I would be today without that courage. Music as a kid gave me the confidence to pursue all of my dreams.”

While Arts Horizons was founded in 1978, the year of Dan’s photograph, 1982, was actually the year of our incorporation as a non-profit organization! For 42 years, we have made the arts an essential component of education where students develop courage, confidence, focus, adaptability, creative problem solving, and are encouraged to push boundaries like that of an Olympian!

Arts Horizons Teaching Artist Aaron “SpazeCraft” Lazansky-Olivias echoed this sentiment. “That’s a testimony to all I work for in this field. I don’t care if a kid becomes the next Picasso of Joan Mitchell, nor the next Dr. Dre or Michael Jackson, my hope is that through the exploration of the arts, kids see their true potential in ALL they do in life. That is the truest reward I can get from doing this work, that I’ve helped another to open their book and start writing their story.”

Thank you to Dan for pledging your support of the arts. Thank you to our teaching artists for your service.

Arts Horizons asks for your support to help share our message, or donate in any amount, to help Arts Horizons bring professional teaching artists into virtual classrooms to instill confidence in our youth to pursue all of their dreams. Thank you for your help to CREATE A NEW HORIZON FOR ARTS HORIZONS.

About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons is a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students and professional development for teachers throughout the entire tri-state region. Our commitment is to make music, art, dance, theatre, new media and creative writing an integral part not only of learning, but of life. Through the transformative impact of the arts, we reach young people through many dimensions, breaking down the barriers of language and culture, accelerating personal growth, and stimulating children’s full potential to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century.

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