In addition to our numerous residencies, workshops, and public performances, we just completed our third residency at The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and continue to work towards a long-term goal of establishing a steel pan ensemble at this school.
Since 1996, Inside Out Steelband has helped to establish several steel pan programs in Austin area schools, which are now a permanent part of the diverse cultural makeup of our city. Additionally the Inside Out Community Steelband, founded in 2000, offers steel pan classes to students of all ages. Inside Out Steelband youth camps reach another 75 students each summer. Inside Out reaches an annual audience of over 18,000 people through classes, workshops, festivals, and many free public performances. Finally, the Inside Out Steelband Festival, now in its 20th year, is the organization's marquee ticketed event, and brings internationally recognized steel pan artists to Austin to play alongside students from Inside Out affiliated programs.
Our "20 for 20" Summer Steelband Camp funding drive will allow 20 Austin area middle school and high school students to attend our Inside Out Steelband Summer Camp free of charge. The cost of the camp is $250 per student. All funds raised through Amplify Austin will go directly to funding this specific program. Any funds raised above the $5000 goal will go towards our continued work at The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.