The co-directors of the Atlanta Music Project (AMP) have been honored with the 2015 Spelman College Local Community Service Award. The honorees, Dantes Rameau, Co-founder and Executive Director of AMP, and Aisha Bowden, Co-founder and Director of AMPlify, the choral program of AMP, accepted the award on Thursday November 12, 2015 at a special award convocation at Sisters Chapel on the campus of Spelman College.
Each year, the Local Community Service Award honors influential leaders in Atlanta who are enacting positive change in the community. This year’s award was presented to Mr. Rameau and Ms. Bowden by Spelman President Dr. Mary Schmidt-Campbell. In her award presentation Dr. Campbell stated that she was ” all in for the Atlanta Music Project.” She jokingly suggested that Mr. Rameau and Ms. Bowden start a program for adults so she could sign herself up for music lessons. Upon receiving their award the honorees made remarks to the 400 freshman and sophomore Spelman College students who attended the award convocation as part of their community service classes.
The ceremony included a theatrical tribute to the Atlanta Music Project and its co-directors by the Bonner Scholar Class of 2019, a group of freshman Spelman College students.
Mr. Rameau and Ms. Bowden were joined by friends, colleagues and board members of the Atlanta Music Project. Following the award ceremony the honorees and their guests were treated to a luncheon with Spelman College students, staff, faculty and alumni.