Chief executive officer. Certified financial planner. Director of marketing and public relations. Each of these titles suggests years of corporate ladder-climbing, implying its holders are all work and no play. But who expects the company’s sales manager to be a classically trained vocalist? And what if that VP of accounts is a gifted saxophonist? Use it or lose it, they say—and this week, some of Philly’s top executives, educators, movers and shakers are using their off-the-clock acumen to raise funds for one of Philly’s most worthwhile arts organizations.
Back by popular demand, the third Black Professionals Got Talent is no ordinary talent showcase—it’s a fundraiser for Art Sanctuary, founded in 1998 by author Lorene Cary to focus on the preservation and creation of black art. Its programming includes the annual John Coltrane Jazz Tribute & Festival, the Celebration of Black Writing, a children’s storytelling circle, a “hip h’opera,” and educator workshops to help further the AS mission.
Through a partnership with University of the Arts, this year’s show moves to the Arts Bank to provide more space for its array of confirmed participants, including Malik Boyd, president of Philadelphia Young Democrats; Jamie Brunson (above), executive director of First Person Arts; Natalye Paquin, CEO of Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and many others, while the sensational Urban Guerilla Orchestra serves as house band to set the mood. Come support these civic and arts leaders as they let their hair down and show the more artistic sides of themselves for a worthy cause. They ought to be lauded—and applauded.
Tues., Dec. 10, 6pm. $25-$35. The Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St. 215.545.1664. artsanctuary.org