July 2021 — In the past few short years, JazzArts Charlotte has skyrocketed through a number of milestones like few other local nonprofits – from rebranding and celebrating our 10-year anniversary, to reaching a new level of growth and pushing through the impacts of COVID on the arts community with a new vision.
As our board terms roll over, we would like to recognize three outstanding JazzArts Charlotte Board members who have served in key roles of leadership with us in this timeframe.
A deep thank you to:
Kevin Patterson: Board Chairman, 4 years. Retired Director of Sales at IBM.
Douglas Hartjes: Board Development Committee Chairman, 6 years. President, COR Consulting Inc.
Liz Kalooky: Board Secretary, 3 years. Director of Practice Development, K&L Gates.
Reflecting on the lessons he’s learned while working with JazzArts Charlotte, Immediate Past Chairman Kevin Patterson says “Jazz certainly has its place in Charlotte. There’s a definite need for jazz in Charlotte. Charlotte is thirsty for it.” With that, he sees “The importance of jazz as it’s related to the development of our youth. I see the members in our education grow, not just as musicians, but as people. What really stood out to me is how music can help the development of a young adult, specifically, in this case, with jazz.” Although he’s no longer serving as Chairman, Kevin will continue to serve on the board.
Doug Hartjes is still moved by what initially drew him to JazzArts, explaining that “they were promoting jazz education in the schools. It’s critically important, with the decline in public support for art education, I have a real concern. Art education is incredibly important for overall student success.” Envisioning the next steps in building the jazz community in Charlotte, he states that we need to “be unapologetic in our quest for stronger community support… putting it on the map as a jazz destination, we can create jobs for this community, we can create a stronger cultural community. And that’s important to the success and diversity overall.”
As a long-time lover of jazz music, Liz Kalooky learned “how important it is to connect people through music and invest in young artists so that they can pay it forward.” For Kalooky, jazz has had an influence on her life and helped in her understanding of music and its potential impact on people. “For me, jazz captures the essence of diversity in instruments, sounds, tempos, voices, experience and people each playing a unique role and working together that takes us on a journey.”
It’s hard to explain how much of an impact these board members have had on JazzArts Charlotte. We are sincerely thankful for their dedication, time, and support of our mission and overall vision for the jazz community in Charlotte. We would not be where we are today without them.