About Us

EN-RICH-MENT is a safe haven for youth who live in low income neighborhoods and come from diverse backgrounds. Programs offered provide an outlet for youth to express their needs and concerns. 

 

Yearly, EN-RICH-MENT touches the lives of over 100 youth. Thorough classes and special events such as Canton Idol.

Students learn about healthy lifestyles, anti-bullying, and other topics from guest speakers WHO donate their time to the program. 

During the Summer(June-July), a free, seven week fine arts camp is offered. 

 

Introduction Video

 

EN-RICH-MENT STUDENT PROGRAMS

MUSIC, EDUCATION, NURTURING and TRAINING (MENT)

 

Students are offered high-level learning opportunities through classes in music theory, history of various genres of music, and musicianship.  They also receive private/group lessons and rehearse and perform in ensembles.

 

Nurturing Mentors offer support and develop a positive friendship with the youth. In conjunction with the gardens planted by the youth, Health and Wellness groups provide workshops that teach the participants how to live a healthier lifestyle.  

 

Our core Music and Arts Education programs now include:

  • Weekly Saturday Classes

  • Drumline

  • Summer Fine Arts Camp

  • EN-RICH-MENT Garden

  • and more classes

“I never thought my child would be able to play a violin.  It brings tears to my eyes when I hear her play.”

“I am thankful for Enrichment.  Our family is not able to afford music lessons or instruments.”

What People Are Saying About the Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It is wonderful to see African-American children playing stringed instruments.”

“I was blown away when I heard the Enrichment orchestra play “Let’s Go Band” at the end of summer concert.”

Community Partnerships

The City of Canton Ohio
Canton City School District
Arts in Stark
Sisters of Charity Foundation
Bluecoats Canton Ohio
Sarta
Stark Community Foundation
Canton Region Chamber of Commerce
That Little Italian Kitchen
ICAN Housing
MentorStark
First Christian
Marathon
Chick-fil-A
Huntington
The Repository Cantonrep.com

EN-RICH-MENT Staff

Betty M. Smith Founder Executive Director
Harley Nunez Drumline Instructor Steel Drum Instructor
Aurora Ross Percussion Department Director Dance Instructor African Drums Instructor
John Fenton Brass Instructor
Gary Gerber Strings Instructor

Betty M. Smith

Founder

Executive Director

Christopher Gales

Program and Events Coordinator

Music Department Director

Harley Nunez

Drumline Instructor

Steel Drum Instructor

Aurora Ross

Percussion Department Director

Dance Instructor

African Drums Instructor

Techan Palmer

Drumline Instructor

JV/Sprouts Instructor

John Fenton

Brass Instructor 

Gary Gerber

Strings Instructor

Caorl McAfee

Theatre Department Director

Kimberly Phillips 

Dance Consultant

Mackey Parsons 

Dance Instructor

Karla Neff

Dance Instructor

Logan McGee

Technical Director

Mary Vaccani

Artistic Director