Eight years ago today. That’s when Harmony Project launched. No corporate or community funding, no guarantee that it would work, no promise of anything beyond a two-night performance at the Lincoln Theatre, and 88 people on a stage.
Today, eight years later, our team is working on the details of a 1,000-voice concert at Nationwide Arena; there are 250+ students in after-school programming every week; men and women who experienced homelessness and differently-abled adults whose voices were not being heard are now singing for their community and standing in the spotlight they deserve; incarcerated women are learning that their location does not define their character as their voices carry across the globe to children in South Africa; thousands of volunteer hours are in process as people cross social divides to work together painting youth housing facilities, planting gardens, serving meals, singing to infants, building a music room for middle-school students, and giving their time to countless organizations who request a Harmony volunteer.
If you are thinking about taking a leap of faith, I can’t tell you whether or not you will succeed. But what I can tell you is this: It’s something Dr. King once said: “Don’t be afraid to take the first step, even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
Eight is the number of new beginnings. Can’t wait to see what the next eight bring.