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February 25, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For information contact:
Gloria Pfeiffer, Gloria@obs.org
(215) 290-6405

THE 2014 EASTERN SCHOOLS FOR THE BLIND MUSIC FESTIVAL

Philadelphia, PA: Executive Director & CEO Gerald Kitzhoffer announced today that Overbrook School for the Blind will host the 2014 Eastern Schools for the Blind Music Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

More than 100 students from six schools for the blind will participate in band, drum circle, bell choir and concert choir rehearsals, culminating with a musical spectacular at 7 p.m. During this weekend-long festival, students perform songs together and individual school groups take turns performing for each other.

Participating schools include:
•Overbrook School for the Blind---Philadelphia, PA
•Perkins School for the Blind---Boston, MA
•The Governor Morehead School for the Blind---Raleigh, NC
•St. Joseph’s School for the Blind---Jersey City, NJ
•Maryland School for the Blind---Baltimore, MD
•New York Institute for Special Education---Bronx, NY

The 2014 Eastern Schools for the Blind Music Festival will be the 11th installment of the Festival, which Overbrook School for the Blind last hosted in 1998. More than 500 people are expected to attend the performance on Saturday evening. Tickets are available for $10. Visit the Overbrook School for the Blind website at s118134197.onlinehome.us for more details.

Music Is Our Vision is the theme of this year’s Festival and will include a variety of musical selections, including traditional spirituals, American classics and popular Philadelphia favorites such as “Philadelphia Freedom” by Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, which will be arranged by OSB Assistant Music Director John Grecia.

In addition to the musical performance, the Festival will also feature an art exhibit that will highlight the artistic talents and abilities of students from all six schools. The art exhibit will be located in Overbrook School for the Blind’s Rotunda.

The 2014 Eastern Schools for the Blind Music Festival's lead sponsor is the MurphyBlatt Family, whose Soloist Sponsorship was made in memory of M. Christine Murphy. Additional festival sponsors include Russell Roofing, Carolyn Wyeth and Pennsylvania Trust, Betsy Gemmill and Beneficial Bank, and Radomile Family Dentistry.

About OSB: Overbrook School for the Blind offers a variety of programs for children of different ages and abilities. Since 1832, Overbrook has been developing and delivering education that enhances the options available for persons with visual impairment and other challenges so that they have the greatest opportunity to experience active and fulfilling lives. In addition to a full academic program, Overbrook students receive special training and participate in different activities that are important to the development of children who are blind or visually impaired. This includes orientation and mobility, daily living skills, assistive technology, music, art and a full sports program.

For more information about the 2014 Eastern Schools for the Blind Music Festival or Overbrook School for the Blind, visit www.osb.org or call (215) 877-0313. ###

For Immediate Release April 28, 2014

ART TRANSCENDS ALL BOUNDARIES AT OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

Philadelphia, PA: Nearly 100 visually-impaired students from Overbrook School for the Blind (OSB), who participated in the creation of a mosaic mural with the help of Art-Reach and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, will unveil the final masterpiece on Thursday, May 1st at 11 a.m. inside the school’s Rotunda building.

Led by Overbrook School for the Blind Coordinator Dael Cohen and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) teaching artist Trish Metzner-Lynch, and made possible by support from Art-Reach, the mosaic mural contains many special tactile elements. There is a visual representation of Braille lettering and some raised imagery (which was generated by OSB students) such as a service dog, musical instruments, hands, and goggles used in Goalball, a sport designed specifically for blind athletes.

Overbrook School for the Blind students began the project in January after a presentation from PMG and a visit for a guided tour. After brainstorming content for their mural, the students crafted handmade clay tiles and other elements, which they mosaicked into their mural with the help of PMG artist Metzner-Lynch.

The OSB Mosaic Mural falls under PMG’s Tile & Grout Program, which has provided mosaic mural education for underserved audiences such as at-risk teens, impoverished communities, and people within the mental health community.

PMG and PSB discussed partnership through Tile & Grout for years, but the absence of funding had stalled the project. Last summer, Art-Teach, a Philadelphia organization that connects underserved audiences with cultural experiences, expressed interest in financing the project through their Art Connection Program, which finally allowed the project to move forward. At the unveiling of the finished mural on Thursday, May 1st at 11 a.m., participating students with speak about their experiences with the project and be recognized for their accomplishments. Refreshments will follow.

ABOUT OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND Overbrook School for the Blind offers a variety of programs for children of different ages and abilities. Since 1832, Overbrook has been developing and delivering education that enhances the options available for persons with visual impairment and other challenges so that they have the greatest opportunity to experience active and fulfilling lives. In addition to a full academic program, Overbrook students receive special training and participate in different activities that are important to the development of children who are blind or visually impaired. This includes orientation and mobility, daily living skills, assistive technology, music, art and a full sports program. Visit s118134197.onlinehome.us.

ABOUT PHILADEPHIA’S MAGIC GARDENS Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG) is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar's unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The PMG site, Zagar’s largest artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street. Inside, visitors can view folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, Zagar's hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The installation pays tribute to Zagar's artistic influences, along with community and personal experiences. Open to visitors daily, PMG has become a unique Philadelphia destination, hosting year-round, low-cost public programs within its own distinctive venue and the surrounding community. PMG, a nonprofit organization, inspires creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art. For more information, visit www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org.

ABOUT ART-REACH Art-Reach is a Philadelphia based non-profit established in 1986 to make the arts of our region more accessible to people that lack access to our cultural organizations because of a disability, economic disadvantage, or other adversity. Through ticketed live arts events, on-site workshops, and a fine art placement program, Art-Reach empowers over 17,000 traditionally under-served individuals, of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to creatively participate in their communities, every year. Art Connection is supported in part by the Fay Slover Fund. For more information about how to get involved with or support Art-Reach, visit www.art-reach.org.

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2013 

Media Contact: Gloria Pfeiffer, Gloria@obs.org or (215) 290-6405

 

OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND’S “APPALACHIAN SPRINGS” CONCERT

Philadelphia, PA:  The theme of this year’s May concert at Overbrook School for the Blind (OSB) will be “Appalachian Springs,” a spring celebration of the American pioneers of the 19th century.  The concert will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 7 p.m. in the OSB auditorium at 6333 Malvern Avenue in Philadelphia.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The Overbrook School for the Blind Concert Choir will perform several well-known pieces of folk music such as Simple Gifts, He’s Gone Away, Let the River Run by Carly Simon, and the spiritual Soon I Will Be Done.  Each song will be introduced by a student who will recite a piece of American poetry or read an introduction that presents each piece of music in an historical context.

 

The Bell Choir will ring out a Bell Fanfare, by David B. Brown, Red, White and Blue, Grand Canyons (from Southwestern Spirit Suite) by Michael Mazzatenta and Buffalo Gals Chopsticks, arranged by James Smith.

 

The repertoire for the Junior Choir, which is made up of students ages seven through eleven, includes two African American spirituals, This Little Light Of Mine and Oh Won't You Sit Down.  They will also present Let's Sing, America!, arranged by Tom Anderson.

 

Later in the program, the Mixed Ensemble will focus on American Folk songs like Dakota Dances, The Crawdad Song, Find Me A Rainbow, and Raise A Ruckus.

 

After the concert, everyone is invited to enjoy light refreshments in the beautiful Rotunda of Overbrook School for the Blind.  For more information about the Spring Concert, please visit s118134197.onlinehome.us.

 

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February 21, 2013

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Gloria Pfeiffer, gloria@obs.org or (215) 290-6405

 

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST TO BENEFIT OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND (OSB)

 

Philadelphia, PA: Overbrook School for the Blind will hold its 20th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast with the Philadelphia Filipino-American Lions Club on Sunday, April 21st in Lions Hall at Overbrook School for the Blind, 6333 Malvern Avenue in Philadelphia.

 

The Pancake Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue through 1 p.m.  Admission is only $7 per person for an all-you-can-eat breakfast including pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, coffee, and juice.  Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

                                                         

In addition to door prizes for lucky guests, raffle tickets will be available at $1 each.  Raffle winners will receive several unique door prizes, including cash prizes of $500 and Phillies tickets.

 

Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will benefit Overbrook School for the Blind’s programs and services.

 

Free parking is available across from the school’s main entrance on Malvern Avenue.

 

For more information, contact Robert Smith at Overbrook School for the Blind at (215) 877-0313, ext. 264 or visit s118134197.onlinehome.us.

OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND (OSB) HOSTS EAAB WINTER TOURNAMENT

January 3, 2013

 

Media Contact: Gloria Pfeiffer, Gloria@obs.org or (215) 290-6405

 

OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND (OSB) HOSTS EAAB WINTER TOURNAMENT

 

Philadelphia, PA: Overbrook School for the Blind will host the Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind’s 2013 Winter Tournament on Saturday, January 26th in the Field House on the Overbrook School for the Blind campus, 6333 Malvern Avenue in Philadelphia.

 

Teams from Overbrook School for the Blind, the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind, the Maryland School for the Blind, The New York Institute for Special Education, and Perkins School for the Blind will compete in wrestling and cheerleading.  The tournament will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

 

This year’s OSB Huskies wrestling team is one of the largest (13) and most experienced teams the school has had in recent years.  Bob Ashbridge, OSB’s School-To-Work Director and EAAB Tournament Director, believes that this year’s team will change OSB history.  “Fifty years ago, Overbrook School for the Blind built the Fieldhouse and won the EAAB Winter Tournament that year.  We haven’t won it since then.  I think our wrestling team this year has the talent and experience to change that status, so we’re really looking forward to this tournament.”

 

Ten students from Overbrook School for the Blind will compete in the Cheerleading tournament.  OSB Cheerleading Coach Jamie Young says that coaches and instructors from Liberty Cheer Institute in Broomall, PA will serve as judges for the competition.  The squad will perform four cheers, with one being a dance routine.  Music for the dance routine will be provided by DJ Martial, a professional disc jockey from New York City, who has been donating his services for the past four years.

 

For more information, visit the OSB website and blog at s118134197.onlinehome.us.

November 29, 2012

 

Media Contact: Gloria Pfeiffer, Gloria@obs.org or 215.290.6405

 

 

ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT CELEBRATES THE SEASON AT OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND (OSB)

-Holiday Concert is a century-old tradition at OSB-

 

Philadelphia, PA: The largest ensemble in the history of the Music Department at Overbrook School for the Blind will perform in “A Peaceful Silent Night,” the annual holiday concert at Overbrook School for the Blind. This year, 52 students will participate in the holiday concert on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at Overbrook School for the Blind, 6333 Malvern Avenue in Philadelphia.

 

The annual Holiday Concert is a long-standing (over 100 years!), beloved tradition at Overbrook School for the Blind. This year, the OSB Bell Choir, Mixed Ensemble and Concert Choir will perform a variety of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa songs and will feature solos by two Overbrook School for the Blind School-To-Work students. There will be a soulful voice arrangement of Joy to the World by Tashea White and a piano and voice solo by Franklin Nichols.

 

The concert program will continue with the boys singing Gloria and the girls singing The Winter Gift, and for all, a new arrangement of Silent Night. After the Bell Choir rings out a Hanukkah piece and the Junior Choir (made up of 7-11 year-old students) sings a few songs from their repertoire, the Mixed Ensemble will get everyone to join in the Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa Celebration.

 

After the concert, everyone is invited to enjoy light refreshments in the beautiful Rotunda of the Overbrook School for the Blind. For more information about the Holiday concert, please call (215) 877-0313 or visit s118134197.onlinehome.us

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