FORT PIERCE — The Fort Pierce Performing Arts Academy announced the donation of a baby grand piano. The piano was donated by Dr. Jimmy and Jan Autin.
Dr. Autin, a local ENT surgeon, has been very involved in the Treasure Coast music and theater scene since he and wife Jan relocated here from New Orleans in 1984.
He is currently performing with the McCartney Mania tribute act.
“We love to help when we can with allowing our young ones exposure to music, art, and theater,” he said, “especially those that may not be able to access this in the regular school system. The various programs offered at the Fort Pierce Performing Arts Academy are a great boon to the community, and should become even more so as they continue to grow.”
Fort Pierce Performing Arts owner expressed gratitude for Dr. Autin’s generosity.
“It is exciting to bring this teaching studio and recording studio to downtown Fort Pierce,” said owner Angelone. “It is the perfect complement to the Sunrise Theatre and the Black Box, adding an instructional element and an intimate performance space for local use. We have been able to provide great programming in thanks to a grant from the Division of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida (Section 28,25, Florida Statutes).
“This year, we have been able to bring grammy-award winning artists, international screenplay writers and other professionals to our community as artists in residence,” said Angelone. “Their work has had a phenomenal impact on local aspiring professionals. In the near future we will have another master class in screenplay writing on site, and a master class in movie directing, all presented by special guest professionals. We look forward to playing an exciting role in growing Fort Pierce as the Cultural Hub for the Arts on the Treasure Coast!”
The Fort Pierce Performing Arts Academy offers a summer music academy and private lessons for piano, strings, vocals, and brass. The program rents out its 40-seat black box theater their recording studio is now booking. Learn more at http://fortpierceperformingarts.com/.