West Louisville Performing Arts Academy (WLPAA)
One man and his music program have been changing lives in Louisville’s inner city for more than 20 years. We introduce McDaniel Bluitt and the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy, where music is a method for obtaining higher education for students.
Formerly known as the West Louisville Boys Choir, the ensemble celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010. WLPAA also features a Girls Choir.
Bluitt, founder and director of WLPAA, is a retired schoolteacher who served nearly 30 years with Jefferson County Public Schools.
In addition to rehearsals and performances, participants in WLPAA must attend leadership training, tutoring sessions and maintain good grades in school. Upon completion of the program, students may earn scholarships to the University of Louisville.
In addition to educational opportunities, WLPAA offers the experience of travel to children who might otherwise never leave Louisville. The group has toured Paris, France, London, England and the Bahamas.
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