The Ben Gradison Memorial Fund was created to carry on Ben’s mission of connecting cultures and building community through recording studios both locally and globally. With these funds, we hope to continue the inspirational model of D-Street Studios that Ben created.
Locally, we have been able to continue to support the 1 mic program at William Randolph School through Spring 2013. In October 2013, after a relocation of the school, we are resuming programming with one of our inspiring teaching artists, Jonathan Santos, and the William Randolph youth that Ben loved so much.
LEAF Schools & Streets is also working with the City of Asheville in Ben’s honor, to set up a new 1 mic recording studio in the Burton Street Community Center.
Internationally, the Ben Gradison Memorial Fund has been an integral support for setting up 1 mic studios in Haiti and Costa Rica, in conjunction with LEAF International. With our international partners, we are exploring supporting the TWAAYF Children’s Center in Kenya. We are in the process of getting updated information from his projects in Colombia and the Caribbean to determine their current status and needs.
To help us in carrying on Ben’s dreams and deciation, please make donations to:
LEAF Schools & Streets
c/o Ben Gradison Memorial Fund
377 Lake Eden Rd.
Black Mountain, NC 28711