By providing enriching opportunities in music and the arts, we hope to create support and continuity in the lives of children in the foster care system.
Who is Foster the Arts?
Founder & CEO
Suzanne Jackson helps people find their true voice through music, yoga and meditation. She spent 25 years on stage at the Kennedy Center as a resident artist with the Washington National Opera, received her Masters Degree in Voice Performance from The University of Maryland and teaches her unique method of conscious singing entitled YogaSing ™ to artists around the country. She created Foster the Arts based on an inspiration from her children's book, Penny the Piano.
Karalyn Joseph is the founder and director of Community of Actors with Special Needs Theatre (CAST) in Kennett Square, PA. She attends Harvard University as a Cognitive Neuroscience, Theatre, and Music Major on a collegiate path to study, research, and practice drama and music therapy. She has performed in over 40 professional and community musical theatre productions, and met Suzanne through her YogaSing lessons. She hopes that Foster the Arts will allow foster children to have the same incredible experiences with the arts that have impacted her life so positively.
My first experience with a foster child was when Catherine first came to me as a voice student. I soon realized she was paying for her lessons with the money that she made from working at a fast food restaurant. From that time on, she never paid for another voice lesson. When I asked her why she was so determined to study music she said: “Music saved my life. I found a new life when I listen to music; it heals my heart and sometimes helps dry up my tears.” Being a part of Catherine’s story inspired me to create a program that provides foster children with the gift of music. I have been a music teacher for 30 years and Catherine helped me to realize that Music and the Arts can create valuable continuity in the lives of foster children where there is none. Catherine shared that music was her only constant through all of her moves from home to home.