of Music and the Arts
East Liberty Presbyterian Church’s Arts Education Outreach Program
Founded in 1999 to bring arts to children and youth in our community, Hope Academy of Music and the Arts offers a safe place where young people of diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds can further their personal and artistic growth through the study and performance of theater, dance and music.
Hope Academy impacts the lives of over 350 children and their families a year, giving students the opportunity to discover hidden skills and talents, and build self-esteem in a supportive, caring environment. The community problem that we address is the lack of opportunity for underserved youth to participate in the arts due to limited resources in the family and cutbacks in arts programming in the schools. The strength and uniqueness of our programming is derived from the partnerships we have developed with some of the city’s finest artists and cultural organizations.
With a core focus on excellence, our holistic approach to training and education uses the arts as a vehicle for young people to learn discipline and life skills. We strive to make the arts more affordable, accessible and not a matter of privilege because we believe that in the process of learning how to do and make art, something mysterious and profoundly beautiful happens — a blossoming that begins when a child has a glimpse of who she or he is meant to be; because it is through the arts we come to know others and ourselves in the fullness of our humanity.
Office and Artistic Staff
Linda Addlespurger, Program Director
Phone (412) 441-3800 x12
Office hours, from September to June:
Tues-Fri 12 noon to 8:30 pm
Sat 8 am to 6 pm
Michael Chapman, Music Director
Phone (412) 441-3800 x43
Norma Meyer, Administrative Assistant
Registration, payroll, weekly schedule updates and room assignments
Phone (412) 441-3800 x11
Mon – Fri 8 am to 4 pm