For 25 years I have been working with children in underserved communities from Harlem to Calcutta to provide them with violins, violas and cellos. These instruments have played a part in math scores going up, violence diminishing, communication improving, high school being completed, often with honors, and joy being spread through music.  I have seen children who were given a half size violin when they were eight years old, go on to graduate from Juilliard.  Two friends and I recently turned this work into a non-profit organization called The Open String.  To learn more...

http://theopenstring.org/