AIGC 2017 Year in Review

AIGC Prayer Breakfast

AIGC Prayer Breakfast

The Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir had an eventful year 2017.  We are thankful for everyone who attended our events and supported the AIGC.  Thanks to generous donations, the AIGC was able to open a Humboldt Area Foundation Organizational Fund this year.  The Fund allows the AIGC to attract other donors and earns interest to support the work of the AIGC.

Traditions
The AIGC events began in 2017 with three annual traditions. On Jan. 16 the AIGC performed at the NAACP sponsored Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Adorni Center at noon in Eureka, and the Arcata Elementary School and City of Arcata sponsored Bowl of Beans MLK celebration at the Arcata Community Center in the evening.  Another annual tradition was AIGC performing at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka.  This year on Feb 25 the AIGC sang for the inmates in five different dormitories at the jail.

For the second year in a row, the AIGC performed a Sunday Morning Gospel at the Redwood Coast Music Festival (March 31-April 2, 2017).  This event is sponsored by the RCMF and was free to the public.  The AIGC will continue this tradition on April 8, 2018.

AIGC Donation to Betty Chinn Foundation

AIGC Donation to Betty Chinn Foundation

The AIGC’s annual spring concert, the Prayer Breakfast, was held on May 14 at the Arcata Community Center.  The concert included a continental breakfast, a silent auction and raffle, and music from A Company of Voices, the AIGC Youth Choir and the AIGC.  A Hip Hop dance performed by choir members to the song Rain Down was a feature of the show.

AIGC’s annual fall Harvest Concert was held at Methodist Church on Nov. 3. The event featured the AIGC Youth Choir, the AIGC and local singer Claire Bent who opened the concert and sang Hush with the choir. The AIGC annual Christmas Holiday Concert was held in the restored Arcata Presbyterian Church and showcased the traditional Mexican Christmas song cycle Las Posadas.

Service
On March 11 the AIGC co-produced the Betty Chinn Benefit at the Sequoia Conference Center.  The evening included dinner catered by Rita’s Restaurants, a silent auction, and music by the AIGC and Joyce Hough’s Home Cooking band.  This event raised over $20,000 for Betty’s Homeless Outreach.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir International Interfaith Gospel Music Conference

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir International Interfaith Gospel Music Conference

The AIGC began a new fundraising tradition by passing the hat for donations for the annual food drive of HSU club The Legacy at the Harvest Concert, and for the HSU Latinx Graduation at the Holiday Concert.  AIGC was one of five featured performers at the Humboldt Can Help fundraiser, sponsored by Dell’ Arte, to raise badly needed funds for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. The AIGC also started a new tradition of playing free mini-concerts for HSU students on the HSU Quad on Sept 29 and Oct 26.

On Sept. 16, 2017 an arson fire-bombed a homeless man sleeping on the front porch of the Arcata Presbyterian Church.  The homeless man was burned on the head and hands and the front of the church was damaged by the subsequent fire.  The man was treated for burns at the UC Davis Medical Center and the church was repaired and restored by Pacific Builders.  The AIGC sponsored a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $4,000 of emergency funds to aid the homeless man and help the church pay the insurance deductible payment.   

AIGC Harvest Concert

AIGC Harvest Concert

Interfaith Gospel Music Conference
Forty-five members of the AIGC attended the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir International Interfaith Gospel Music Conference (April 27-29).  Choirs from France, Denmark, Kenya, Canada and the United States and individuals from many more countries attended. The conference included individual choir performances, workshops from many talented teachers, and a mass choir performance.  OIGC Director Terrance Kelly and guest artists Calvin B Rhone and Edwin Hawkins taught music for the mass choir performance.  Edwin Hawkins wrote the song Always There to the premier at the conference.

Community Involvement
The Arcata interfaith Gospel Choir continued its community involvement with performances at many events including North Country Fair, several churches, Christ Church Music Camp, four memorials, Hospice Light Up a Life Ceremony, True North Immigration Action Meeting, and the Ingomar Club lighting ceremony.

The AIGC looks forward to an exciting and bountiful 2018.