Get Ready for Peace!

Sixth-grader, Peace Jobito, that is.

Peace will travel from her home in Bloomington, Indiana to grace the stage at the 2nd Annual LOK Young Artist Expo at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts on Friday, June 5th.

Peace has been participating in the LOK Performing Arts Program offered by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington for several years. The award-winning program received the 2013 “Merit Award for Program Excellence in the Arts” from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Peace won a scholarship through LOK Wishing Tree Foundation two years ago, when she was a fourth-grader. She used her scholarship to get involved in an advanced show choir called Syncopation, an opportunity that provided her with song and dance training from local professionals.

“I liked it a lot,” Peace said. “It was really, really hard, but it was also fun and helped me a lot.”

Ly Wilder, an IU adjunct lecturer in jazz, co-director of Syncopation said, “Peace is a fantastic performer with a sweet spirit and strong work ethic. It’s unusual for a child of her age to remember complex choreography and coordinate her body so well, but she can do both.”

Peace was featured in a production performed by Syncopation in front of 3,000 people as part of the Chimes of Christmas Show with the Singing Hoosiers. “It was biggest crowd I’d ever seen,” she said. “But once I got on stage, I thought, ‘I can do this.’ ”

Peace hopes her involvement in the performing arts program is only the beginning.

“I love dancing, because it lets you express what you feel inside,” she said. “I would love to sing and dance professionally some day, and maybe even be a superstar on TV.”