DENVER (CBS4) – Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee launched her “Bringing Back the Arts” initiative in March.

The initiative focuses on increasing students’ access to art, music, dance and theater classes in Denver Public Schools.

The first “Bringing Back the Arts” youth event is a music competition for DPS high school students. It will culminate in a special concert at the Bluebird Theater on March 18. (Watch the PSA)

“Far too many of Denver’s children have limited access to arts education. I’m proud to launch this initiative to help students in every neighborhood gain access to a wide range of classes,” the First Lady said in a statement. “I know firsthand the critical impact the arts can have on the productivity and success of a student. I looked forward to all my art classes. They kept me excited about school and eventually led to a career in music and performing arts.”

The initiative raises money to hire more DPS arts, music, dance and theater teachers. It will also help host special youth events to spotlight talented students.

“This will be the first of many events held to encourage, nurture and inspire Denver’s youth to follow their passion in the arts,” the First Lady said. “I thank the wide range of supporters who helped us launch this initiative and invite the community to join in this effort by signing up to volunteer for a “Bringing Back the Arts” committee and, of course, attend the concert on March 18.”

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