As the daughter of a woman who has dedicated her life to introducing performing arts to underprivileged youth, Homecoming queen candidate Rea Davis had an obvious choice for her public service project.
Davis’ project, titled Academic Performance, focuses on pairing academic enrichment programs with cultural and performing arts for inner-city youth, providing performing arts training to students who otherwise would not be able to afford it.
“My mother is a journalist, and she also owns a nonprofit cultural performing arts school in Charlotte,” she said.
“I kind of followed her foot steps in my career choice.”
Davis said her involvement in dance and modeling boosted her self-esteem as a young girl in Charlotte, and she hopes the arts will do the same for other children.
“I am head over heels over cultural performing arts,” she said.
“I feel like cultural performing arts foster diversity, and they allow self-expression.”
Under Davis’ plan, members of UNC performing arts organizations such as Kamikaze and Concept of Colors will volunteer at a school in the Triangle once a week for two hours.
She said one hour will be dedicated to the performing arts and the other will focus on academic tutoring. The children will be able to choose which performing art they want to make their focuses.
The students would not only have an outlet for self expression, but they would also be included in the spring performances of some of the UNC organizations involved.
Beyond the public service component, Davis said she is running for Homecoming queen out of her love for UNC.
“I love Carolina, Carolina Blue, Carolina college magic,” she said.
She said she views the position of Homecoming queen as an ambassador for the University and as an opportunity to better execute her project.
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