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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Help Us Send “The Soloist” to Washington, D.C.

image The Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra, of which Nathaniel is now a member, has been invited to perform in Washington, D.C., as part of the festivities leading up to the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Nathaniel will perform on the cello. The 23-piece orchestra, led by conductor Janise White, is honored to be invited to perform for this momentous occasion and is currently raising the funds necessary to make the trip.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

RAND Report on “From Management to Recovery: Emerging Approaches to Serious Mental Illness”

image How do we address serious mental illness? Do we just manage the symptoms, or do we expect recovery? That was the topic for a RAND Corp. panel discussion on January 26: “From Management to Recovery: Emerging Approaches to Serious Mental Illness.”

Ted Sapp, Executive Director of the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation, spoke as part of the panel, along with Steve Lopez, L.A. Times columnist and author of the book, The Soloist, about his friendship with Nathaniel Ayers.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Alaska and Wisconsin communities rally around The Soloist by Steve Lopez

image In communities across the United States, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez has drawn readers together to discuss the arts, mental illness and homelessness. The book—about Lopez’s friendship with homeless, schizophrenic musician Nathaniel Anthony Ayers—has become a one-city-one-book phenomenon. Ketchikan, AK, and Menomonie, WI, are just the latest communities to select this book for their reading programs.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Arizona Tragedy and What You Can Do to Help Prevent a Next Time

It’s not possible to make sense of the senseless act that was perpetrated on Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, supporters and constituents.  No words can ever truly express the sadness that all of America feels for those that were touched by this horrible act.  What we hopefully can do is use this tragedy as a “teachable moment.” Please read some thoughts from Ted Sapp, Executive Director of The Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation, on this topic.

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