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Opera tenor will sing to support art program that helps kids with disabilities

Caroline MacGregor
March 5, 2013 | WGVU  

When a student with a physical, developmental or emotional disability is introduced to art, the impact can be profound. That’s the goal of Artists Creating Together: to help these students use art to develop skills that can literally change their lives.  

Carlos Seise is a big fan of ATC. Originally from Puerto Rico, the opera tenor now lives in Muskegon. His singing takes him all over the world and in any spare time he pursues his other passion, helping children and the elderly. Growing up as a child in Puerto Rico, Carlos turned to music to escape hardship.

“The guitar helped me in my childhood a lot because when had problems as a child, my guitar helped me not use drugs but be with myself and be fulfilled by music.”

Carlos only started singing at 21 after he paid twenty dollars to fill in for another singer who fell ill.

“I was shocked, because I just tried to sing like a tenor and the teacher came to me and said, "Who's your teacher- where do you study?" I told her this was the first time I had sung in public and she couldn't believe it.

Today, a world renowned opera tenor, Carlos loves to sing for the elderly and help programs like Artists Creating Together.

“When you develop that gift you find your true soul and it helps you to deal with life so art is very important.”

ACT Executive Director, Michele Suchovsky, says neurologists have identified six factors instrumental in the development of a child.

“Heredity, good nutrition, being in a loving environment, also appropriate feedback but there are only two academic subjects that are taught in school that make you smarter - physical education and the arts”

It all comes down to neurons.

“The left side of the brain helps with logic and analysis, the right side with creativity. What makes you smarter you are the neurons that fire information between the two sides of the brain; that's where we step in.”

Suchovsky says art advances learning skills, improves classroom behavior and develops self-sufficiency. This newfound confidence results in personal breakthroughs.

“That's where we step in. We work with students struggling with disabilities already struggling because of heredity factors, we say art is the tool that can help these students become the best they can be, active members of the community which is what we all want for our children.”

Carlos Seise & the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will perform their concert to benefit Artists Creating Together on March 8th  from 7-9pm at Spring Lake High School. Tickets can be purchased online. More info can be found at http://magicinthemaking.eventbrite.com/#

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