The Inspire Foundation is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to bring music and the arts to ALL children with special needs. We work with schools, individuals, groups & organizations, and evaluate their needs. Then, we build a program to best serve that particular environment along with providing the tools and instruments needed to ensure that music and arts are available to every child. Our slogan is, 'Through Music and the Arts, Every Child Has a Voice.'
How We Began
The Inspire Foundation began when preschool music teacher, Cristine Rhodes, and her husband and music instructor, Jason Rhodes, joined up with colleagues and friends to discuss a new program Cristine was designing called Autism Sings. Together, they became inspired to do even more for this cause by forming The Inspire Foundation and recruiting an amazing Board of Directors.The driving force behind this program was a combination of love and experience in the music field, along with their own experience raising a son on the spectrum. When their son stopped talking at the early age of two, Jason and Cristine naturally responded by using music and arts in all aspects of his daily routine. They believe that combination of teaching, and his love for animals and sports largely contributed to his current successes. Their son is now 12, and is the founder of 'Junior Members,' a section of The Inspire Foundation for children that want to be a part of the mission.
Arts for Autism
Florin Roebig presents The Inspire Foundation's First Annual Fundraiser, 'Arts For Autism'. This event takes place March 1st, 2014 and will be located at the Florin Roebig property in Palm Harbor. Chris Jericho, Shaun Hopper, 10th Concession and Hope Darling are just a few reasons you won't want to miss this party! General admission is $25, and VIP (backstage meet and greet and photo ops with bands and special guests) is $40.
Junior Board Members
Inspire's junior members are generous and creative thinkers that are giving back to their communities. Find out how your child can join the board and make a difference.
Acoustic For Autism
We have them to purchase! Glen Phillips (from Toad the Wet Sprocket), Five For Fighting, Cowboy Junkies and more make up this awesome album. Get them while we still have some. 100%, yes 100% of funds go to special needs music and art programs.