Arts Leadership in Gettysburg

From the Top’s Arts Leadership Program is all about young artists using their talent and passion to make a difference in the world.  Every show is new and different, bringing together a diverse group of musicians with a wide range of experiences – that’s what makes it so exciting!  The Arts Leadership Orientation, held the morning after every radio taping, is an opportunity to share and explore those experiences, share From the Tops’s mission of service, and build a community of inspiring arts leaders.

After taping an amazing show at the Gettysburg Festival in Gettysburg, PA, all seven performers and our education team gathered in a beautiful, sun-filled conference room on the Gettysburg College campus to reflect on their experience and explore ways to give back through music.

The performers chose one of the unique outdoor sculptures scattered across the beautiful campus for their group photo.

The Gettysburg Show Performers

The group participated in an exercise called “chalk talk”  (basically a group conversation done in writing) to explore what Arts Leadership means to them, and boiled it down to these key ideas:

Arts Leadership is…

  • Sharing the importance of the arts, even when others criticize you
  • Sharing your love for what you do
  • Bringing your community closer together
  • Being a role model

At the end of the session, the group was charged with making a 30 second video that captured their experience on From the Top, they named themselves the “Razzle Dazzle Kings”. Here’s their message below:

“Sharing your love for what you do, is the goal of the Razzle Dazzle Crew.”

And if you like that, stay tuned for the debut of the first-ever From the Top rap, courtesy of the Emerald String Quartet members. Be sure to tune in when their show airs, the week of September 20th.