I have been a part of a community choir in Miami, Florida for the past 30 years, first as a student and now as a community member. It has allowed me the opportunity to continue the musical growth that I enjoyed as a young person in school and later in college. I have also forged long-last friendships with like-minded individuals who also understand the value of the arts. Our choir has made a significant impact on the South Florida community for more than 46 years. It would be a tragedy for federal funding to be reduced or eliminated and deprive future generations of this musical gift!