"We strive to make the arts available to all by creating spaces for opportunities." - Bill
The Music & Arts Program for Youth, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization serving youth in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and California. Since June 2010 M.A.P. has provided musical instruments, art supplies and innovative learning programs at no cost to youth. This program teaches youth the fundamentals of music and art along with character education, literacy and leadership development.
Alachua residents Bill and Wilma Rogers recognize that all families do not have the financial means to afford cultural programs for their children. It is Bill and Wilma's goal along with the board of directors to provide under-served youth an opportunity to participate in development programs in order to learn and grow into productive citizens who give back to their communities.
City of Alachua recreation director Hal Brady said this program will give more children the chance to succeed in the arts. “This is a great opportunity for children to do something without it costing anything. A lot of people just cannot normally afford this type of program.” Mr. Brady had nothing but good things to say about Bill and Wilma Rogers and how much they have already been able to do for this community. He said they are a great team and have proven time and again how much they care about the youth in Alachua. “It doesn’t take a lot when it comes to giving to a great cause. It just takes a caring heart. And that’s where we are", said Wilma.
"The Music and Arts Program is a wonderful asset to our community. It's pleasing to know that youth in our community, regardless of socioeconomic status, have a place to go to enrich their lives with music and culture," said City Manager Traci Cain. Together, Bill and Wilma aim to provide youth with a trusting environment in which to learn and grow in character, while discovering their gifts, talents and purpose.
Bill and Wilma Rogers. Photo credit, Patricia Ashley
"We inspire to make cultural arts accessible and affordable to youth in under-resourced communities. Growing up in Alabama in the 60's, I learned at an early age that access is not always accessible. Whether living in a large or small city, there are children and families who do not have the finances to participate in cultural art classes or ticket events. Having an outlet for youth to express their gifts and talents are particularly important in every community. Whether creating art, composing music, choreographing dance, storytelling or enjoying an on stage performance, we strive to make the arts available to all by creating spaces for opportunities. Investing in youth is always the right thing to do". - Bill