About Azalea Blossom Inc.
The mission of Azalea Blossom, Incorporated is to raise awareness, education, and prevention of domestic violence and child abuse through the use and creation of music, multi-media, and the arts. Azalea Blossom, Incorporated was founded as a non profit 501c3 organization in 2007 by musician and New York State certified educator Margaret Jean Bernstein as a sister organization to Growing Azalea Music Productions (an independent music publishing and record company) with the aim of helping to facilitate musical projects directed at social awareness. Specially, the original focus of Azalea Blossom was the execution of the “Bricks in the Wall” project, which consists of an internationally distributed music video, audio recording, and concerts aimed at bringing awareness and education of the lesser-known aspects of domestic violence to the general public.
Currently, Azalea Blossom Incorporated’s primary focus is the SAFE through the Arts program, a seven-week long bullying prevention program utilizing the creative and performing arts in order to empower young children. Launched in March, 2009, SAFE through the arts previously took place in public middle schools in seven counties in New York State with a focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention. Currently, the SAFE through the arts program is geared towards PreK and kindergarten classrooms in urban public schools within New York City’s five boroughs and in Upstate New York’s Capital Region with a priority of bringing the program into schools serving economically challenged and culturally diverse populations. The goal for the 2016-2017 school year is to bring SAFE through the arts programs into thirty eligible public schools. Our ultimate future goal is for SAFE through the Arts to become a nationally recognized and implemented educational program in public, private and charter schools throughout the country, and for our programs to have an impact on youth and adults throughout the globe with our messages of healing and hope.
Azalea Blossom, an equal opportunity employer, believes in the equality of all human beings, compassion as the basis for all relationships, and the relevance of the arts as a vehicle for social change.