History

Azalea Blossom, Incorporated was founded as a non-profit 501c3 organization in 2007 by musician and educator Margaret Jean Bernstein as a sister organization to Growing Azalea Music Productions with the aim of helping to facilitate musical projects aimed at social awareness. Since its conception, Azalea Blossom has implemented the SAFE through the Arts program into public middle schools in seven New York State counties including schools in the rural school districts of Duanesburg, Margaretville, Germantown, Windham-Ashland-Jewett, Berne-Knox-Westerlo, and Gilboa-Conesville as well as Marlboro and Schenectady City school districts. In addition, more than a dozen “Bricks in the Wall” Domestic Violence awareness concerts have been launched with a full band in ten counties throughout New York State while the ‘Bricks in the Wall” music video has reached thousands of viewers throughout the United States and abroad via cable television and internet channels. In addition, The SAFE through the Arts theme song, “Believe”, has been sung by hundreds of elementary and middle school students, spreading the message of personal affirmation and empowerment.

Throughout the years, Azalea Blossom has worked with interns from several accredited colleges and Universities including SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Albany, Hartwick College, Hunter College, Rutgers University and Oberlin College. In addition, Azalea Blossom’s Board of Directors has represented a diverse population from Ohio, Colorado, California, New Hampshire, and throughout New York State. Our supporters include donors from throughout the United States and Canada.

Moving forward, Azalea Blossom has recently moved its headquarters from the hill town of Rensselaerville to the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. We continue to work with a dedicated team of interns and staff and are governed by a diverse Board of Directors. We continue to provide the public with our two focal programs- the Bricks in the Wall shelter project and the SAFE through the arts bullying prevention program. Although the demographic of the SAFE through the arts program has changed its focus to serve primarily PreK and kindergarten children in urban public schools, the mission and key components of the program remains the same.