Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop

Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop

Date Awarded
Grant Period
05/01/12 to 04/30/14
Focus Area

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  • Akron, OH

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To provide extensive arts training for youth in Cascade Village of greater Akron, and to leverage our 2010 Communities grant by enabling youth to engage their community through the arts and encourage passion for the arts

Project Team

Leslie Parker Barnes

Executive Director

Mrs. Barnes, Executive Director of YEPAW, has an Associate Degree in Applied Business from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Akron Beacon Journal’s “Extraordinary Woman Crystal Award” in recognition of her service to youth. She is also the Minister of Praise and Worship at the Arlington Church of God and a popular vocalist who performs with the nationally acclaimed gospel group, Divine Hope. She is married to Ted, and they have two children, Theo and Kimberly.

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