KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
July 17, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
The pandemic brought many changes and delays to the Arc of Katy, but local musicians are spreading the joy and love for music. The Katy non-profit provides opportunities for local people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Alejandro J. Miramones plays at the Arc of Katy. Photo courtesy: Arc of Katy
The Joy of Music
Some local musicians recently brought the joy of music to some daytime participants at the Arc of Katy.
“Having these talented young people come to The Arc allows our participants to experience up close and personal different types of music and shows them how dedication and practice can allow you to become better at anything you attempt,” says Sandi Dancel, Day Program Coordinator.
Serving Katy for over 30 Years
The Arc of Katy, a non-profit organization, has been providing opportunities for local people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) for 30 years. Although modifications had to be made to their programs during the ongoing pandemic, they kept serving the community and making a difference in people’s lives.
A Cinco Ranch High School Student
The groups participants have had the pleasure of two performances. Violinist, Devayan Sarkar is a student at Cinco Ranch High School.
“He explained the different era's of classical music and played pieces from each of them to show the difference,” says Dancel. “He had everyone totally engaged and was so kind.”
Local Musician to Pursue His Dream in Nashville
Local musician, Alejandro J. Miramones also brought his musical talent to the group. He graduated from Katy High School. and Texas State University and has moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of music.
He played some originals songs as well as some favorites that the participants could sing along with.
“He is an extremely talented young man,” says Dancel. “He also gave each participant and instructor a copy of his CD. They were just thrilled.”
In both cases, the musicians reached out to see if they could play and the Arc was grateful for the opportunity.
“They are the best audience you could hope for,” says Dancel. “Their honest questions and reactions come from the heart.”
Offering Modified, Great Programming
The Arc of Katy essentially began in 1989 with a group of Katy ISD staff and parents of students with IDDs. Their meeting led to founding the organization and the development of programs that help many Katy families.
They have had to modify programing but are still offering great opportunities to their participants. Their big fundraiser, their annual Gala will be rescheduled. Follow their website for a new date, when it is announced.
Learn more about the Katy non-profit and their mission at their website.