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River City Drum Corp to Offer Youth Program at Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center

Friday August 30, 2013

Metro Parks and Recreation announces that the River City Drum Corp (RCDC) will bring its program to the Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center this fall.

Youth, ages 9 and older, have the opportunity to enroll in a twice-weekly program starting September 16 and running through July 2014. The program is funded through the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation, from a $50,000 grant provided by the Humana Foundation, awarded earlier this year to support youth programming.

Each Monday and Wednesday evening, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., youth will learn to play percussion instruments, including Bass Drums, Snare Drums, Tenor Drums, Pipe Drums, Congo Drums, Xylophones, Marimbas, Cymbals, Mallets and Drum Sticks. Along with learning and understanding musicianship, students will work together in developing a drum line, learn movement and choreography, and focus on the importance of working together as an ensemble. Youth will also participate in performances to showcase their learning.

Throughout the program, occasional “Food, Family and Fun” nights will be held, bringing together the children and up to two members of their family for a community meal of healthy foods, nutrition education and socializing. Family and community are important parts of the RCDC’s cultural philosophy and serves as the basic support structure for what is accomplished by and through the children’s efforts.

The program is free, but there is a $25 initial enrollment fee. For more information, or to enroll, call the Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center, 607 South 37th Street, 502-775-5268.

About the River City Drum Corp

Founded in 1993 by Louisvillian Edward White, the River City Drum Corp (formerly known as the Parkland Drum Corps) is a group of children and young adults through age 18 who have been trained in African drumming techniques and materials as well as the richness of African culture. The Drum Corp is far more than just a musical group; it is an organization that provides its members with a blueprint for success in life. They learn about the skills needed for personal, academic, and social success. The Drum Corp’s overall success is ground in the concept that there is commitment from the participants, their families, and the program volunteers to function as one unit–a true extended family. The commitment from each of the three plays a distinct role in the development and nurturing of the young people.

About Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center:

Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center provides youth and adults in the Shawnee and neighboring communities with quality arts programming in several disciplines as well as programming that focuses on health and wellness. This is achieved through partnerships with local arts groups and organizations and by creating a synergetic hub for the arts, making it possible for artists and organizations to better serve the community.

About the Humana Foundation:

The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health care companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the site of Humana’s corporate headquarters, the Foundation’s mission is to promote healthy lives and healthy communities. The Foundation’s key funding priorities are childhood health, intergenerational health, and active lifestyles. For more information, visit

Humana and the Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our associates, the communities we serve, and our planet.

About the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation:

The Louisville Metro Parks Foundation (LMPF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which works with Louisville Metro Parks to raise funds and resources to preserve, protect, promote and improve Louisville’s recreational opportunities, and supports the mission of Metro Parks by coordinating financial and volunteer assets.