Program Alumni Blossoms into Community Leadership Role
When 9-year old Charlie Brown came to the Bloomington Boys and Girls Club, he was rather quiet and reserved. Through his participation in the Lindsey O'Brien Kesling (LOK) Performing Arts Program, he learned to play the violin. His passion and hard work to music earned him a scholarship and he went on to take private lessons.
Now 16 years old, Charlie continues to support the organization that supported him by participating in our annual carbon monoxide awareness events as a youth community advocate.
He credits the award-winning LOKPAP program's music and leadership opportunities with making him the confident young man he has become today.
Scholarship Recipient to Dance Instructor
Scholarship Recipient Turned Partner Dance Instructor India Maynor, South Shore Dance Alliance alum assisted with teaching a week long dance program through the Lindsey O’Brien Kesling Performing Arts Program at the Bloomington Boys & Girls Club before beginning school as a freshman at Indiana University Bloomington. India says, “The LOK Foundation helped me so much. Because of the scholarship and the different opportunities, I was blessed.” On top of training for three years at South Shore Dance Alliance during the school year, she was also able to attend three summer dance intensives.
Peace won a scholarship through LOK Wishing Tree Foundation in 2013, 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.
Paris Owen and Luke Kidd
Bloomington Boys & Girls Club 2013 Lindsey O’Brien Kesling Performing Arts Program Award Recipients, Paris Owen and Luke Kidd, speak with Dot Kesling about how their participation in the program has helped them grow creatively.
India Maynor and Damarco Kimble
South Shore Dance Alliance 2013 graduating seniors India Maynor and Damarco Kimble auditioned and were accepted into Indiana University’s Modern Dance Department; both received college scholarships. India and Damarco received full scholarships at SSDA for 3 years; 2 of the years were partially funded by LOK Wishing Tree Foundation.
LOKPAP Scholarship winner, Charlie Brown, has become not only an accomplished musician, learning to play keyboards as well as the violin. He has traveled from Bloomington, Indiana to Michigan City to perform as a solo violinist at the LOK Young Artist Expo. He has also become a leader for carbon monoxide safety as well, volunteering his time at multiple events to represent LOK.
The LOK Dream Bird was a project donated by LaPorte artist Laura Marie Panozzo. During a Dream Bird Feather Party participants painted "feathers" inscribed with dreams and wishes. Later Panozzo assembled the sculpture and the completed bird was then auctioned as a fund raiser. The winning bidder was Dr. Joe Rosenblum, who donated the bird to Riley's Children's Hospital in Indianapolis where it continues to inspire the brave young patients who come there for treatment.
LOK Young Artist Expo
LOK Young Artist Expo is an annual high-energy, family-friendly, multimedia showcase of artwork by youth in the Lubeznik Center for the Arts and the Bloomington Boys & Girls Club, as well as other young local artists, in partnership with LOK Wishing Tree Foundation.
The event also features violin performance by Pine Elementary students from Michigan City as well as inspired dance performances by the South Shore Dance Alliance.