Arts Conservatory for Teens 

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As ACT turns seven, its impact on youth surges

ST. PETERSBURG – Alex Harris and Herbert Murphy launched the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) in 2012 with a mission “to educate, empower, and enrich the lives of youth and teens in order to foster healthy, productive, and responsible citizens.”

Seven years later, ACT has continued to touch the lives of thousands of students and families, educators and community partners and boasts a 100 percent high school graduation rate and 90 percent college placement rate for its involved youth.

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Tampa Bay’s abundant talent deserves appreciation

Local talent Alex Harris ignited the Tampa Bay Rays’ crowd with his rendition of the National Anthem at the Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers game on Saturday.

The performance did not surprise those of us who know Harris’ incandescent singing. Only his kindness outshines his ability. And no one would blame Harris if he chose to leave Tampa Bay and pursue greater success in New York, Nashville or L.A.

Harris, however, chooses to build his career while serving as the founder and executive director of the Arts Conservatory for Teens. His heart for sharing his gifts beats louder than his longing for stardom, yet I know his music — he has a new deal with Sony and a single, Make It Better, on iTunes, YouTube and Spotify — deserves a larger audience.

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ABC – Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend

Arts Conservatory for Teens’ Co-Founder and CEO Alex Harris sits down with Tampa Bay Morning Blend’s Co-host Natalie Taylor to discuss the mission, what’s on the horizon for ACT and how arts education can be a powerful catalyst for change in the lives of the at-risk, underserved teens in our community.

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In this segment produced by students at St. Petersburg College in partnership with WEDU, the Arts Conservatory for Teens, or ACT, provides an outlet for local youth to discover and cultivate their creativity with the help of working artists in the Tampa Bay Community.

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Code of Tampa Bay- Meet the Arts Conservatory for Teens: Seeking a Better Grant Tracking Database

The mission of the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) is to educate, empower, and enrich the lives of youth and teens. ACT provides arts education and youth development programming to underserved and at-risk students,  serving over 400 students annually. They tell us more about themselves here and the project they’ve brought to this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking event in St. Petersburg.

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Alex is known as a soul, R&B singer, actor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur who cites Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Al Green, and Otis Redding as his major musical influences. At the ripe age of twelve, he went on tour with his band A7, comprised of himself and five of his brothers, launching his career. Since then, he has had billboard hits, 4 # 1 singles, traveled the world, and cofounded the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT).

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ACT introduces youth to new learning opportunities and experiences in an arts-based curriculum. These are youth that would otherwise not have the chance to participate in the types of activities ACT provides. The arts are the magnet we use to draw students in, teach them not only an artistic skill, but also give them perspective on themselves, the community around them, and opportunities that are available for their futures.

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Through ACT (The Arts Conservatory for Teens), the COC has participated in a monthly family bonding dinner, where the youth and parents make a mutual commitment to success and recap the workshops they’ve been involved in that month. ACT also offers workshops that share useful parenting tips and help the youth better communicate with their parents during their monthly boding dinner.

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Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) ‘Champions for ACT’ Breakfast-  The Catalyst

Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) celebrates its fourth annual ‘Champions for ACT’ Breakfast with keynote speaker Maestro Michael Francis, Music Director for the Florida Orchestra.  The event takes place Friday, May 4th at 7am at the Morean Center for Clay located at 420 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg.

“Champions for ACT Breakfast has become a highly anticipated and inspiring event.  This entertaining morning is an opportunity to see talented ACT students perform while engaging the community.  It’s a great way to start your Friday,” said Lorna Taylor, the 2018 Breakfast Chair.

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Annual ‘Champions for ACT’ Breakfast

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Alex Harris as the 23rd Lightning Community Hero of the 2016-17 season during the first period of tonight’s game versus the Boston Bruins. Harris, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Arts Conservatory for Teens.

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Alex Harris honored as Lightning Community Hero

Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) celebrates its fourth annual ‘Champions for ACT’ Breakfast with keynote speaker Maestro Michael Francis, Music Director for the Florida Orchestra.  The event takes placeFriday, May 4th at 7am at the Morean Center for Clay located at 420 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg.

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The Hitt’em Over The Heart Charity Award

The Hitt’em Over The Heart Award is a monthly program
dedicated to giving back to charities and organizations in need. Every month, the employee with the most bonus points gets the opportunity to choose an organization, and The HOTH contributes on that employee’s behalf.

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Alex Harris, Co-Founder of Arts Conservatory for Teens

On this episode of #SPx, Joe and Ashley sit down with professional musician, entrepreneur and founder of the Arts Conservatory for Teens, Alex Harris. Harris has been running the highly successful ACT program for four years, the program has grown to serve nine locations and 800 students this year alone. The program boasts a 100 percent graduation rate in 2009, with 90 percent of students moving on to college studies. Through ACT, Harris and co-founder Herbert Murphy are changing the lives of underprivileged students throughout Pinellas County, chasing out fear and teaching business acumen.

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The Weekly Challenger – ACT Educating the Youth

ST. PETESBURG – The crowds doubled this year at the Art Conservatory for Teens (ACT) fundraising breakfast. With a mission of educating, empowering and enriching the lives of youth and teens through arts education, it’s no wonder so many people showed up to Morean Center for Clay May 4.

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Out Coast- ACT Hosts Color St. Pete Panel Discussion at USFC

On Wednesday, January 31st, the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg Student Government hosted a community panel discussion, moderated by ACT (Arts Conservatory for Teens) Co-Founder, Alex Harris.

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The Weekly Challenger- Arts Conservatory for Teens Art installation at First Night St. Pete

PETERSBURG — Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) invites First Night St. Pete attendees to participate in COLOR ST. PETE, the New Year’s Eve event’s first-ever, interactive public art installation.

Led by ACT, COLOR ST. PETE is a public art installation project that provides an opportunity for the community to join together to express their creativity using a platform that extends beyond racism, separatism, classism and religious divides.  All those who love the City of St. Petersburg–individuals, families, civic leaders, business owners, educators, are invited to express their thoughts, resolutions and hopes through the art of painting.

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For Good: Arts Conservatory for Teens changes lives forever

Through arts instruction and a fostered sense of community, the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) is designed to mold teens for a future in higher education and the workforce. It has even inspired a genie.

ACT co-Founder Alex Harris counts Anthony Murphy, currently starring in the national tour of the Disney musical Aladdin, as a program success story. Perhaps even more impressive is the magnet arts program’s consistent achievement: 100 percent of its participants graduate from high school; 90 percent pursue a college education.

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Nova- A FUNdraiser That Truly Rocked

There’s something incredibly magical within the walls of the 1920 built, historic venue NOVA 535, in gorgeous Downtown St. Pete. Whether it is a wedding, birthday party, award show, live performance or anything in between, one thing is for certain: guests are always smiling and having a good time. It wasn’t any different on Saturday, September 17, 2016 when The Burg Exchange presented Wine Down For Youth Advocacy, an annual fundraiser benefiting Arts Conservatory For Teens.

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The Catalyst- Influencer

Those in tune with the performing arts scene in Tampa Bay have probably heard of Alex Harris. The award-winning recording artist has a timeless sound. He’s well known for performing originals and covers of classic hits by Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Otis Redding. But he’s much more than his music. Alex Harris is the co-founder of the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT). In its fifth year in St. Petersburg, ACT provides before and after school programming that educates, empowers, and enriches the lives of underprivileged students. Now sponsored in five Pinellas middle schools, ACT meets the needs of over 500 students in the area. Harris and his co-founder, along with numerous volunteers use ACT to share their love of the arts and foster a confidence, creativity, and a sense of possibility for their students.

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The Weekly Challenger- The Arts Conservatory for Teens

ST. PETERSBURG — The Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) is striving to get young people involved in the arts so they can better themselves and the community. Co-founded by Alex Harris and Herbert Murphy, Sr., the organization has been giving the area’s youth a chance to shine in the spotlight since 2009.

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Tampa Bay Times- Teen arts program gets new start

Nearly a year ago, I wrote about changes — including key departures — at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast housed at the Royal Theater in Midtown.

The facility was home to the Senior Conservatory, which had been popular among teens interested in the arts. The program featured classes in drama, dance, music development, graphic arts and recording arts production. But that program was nixed when the Juvenile Welfare Board opted to only fund programs targeting children under 14 years old.

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