Azalea Blossom, Incorporated was founded as a nonprofit 501c3 organization in 2007 by musician and educator Margaret Jean Bernstein as a sister organization to Growing Azalea Music Productions 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. Currently, the SAFE through the arts program has been taught and is being offered to kindergarten, Pre-K, and special education classrooms in elementary schools within the Schenectady City School District and urban public schools with underserved populations in the Greater Capital District. Azalea Blossom is planning our launch into Brooklyn public schools during the spring of 2020. Our goal for the 2019-2020 school year is to bring SAFE through the arts program into twenty urban public schools (one hundred classrooms) throughout New York State.
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 eight accredited colleges and universities including SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Albany, Hartwick College, Hunter College, Rutgers University, New York 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, which include individual donors from throughout North America, also have included the following foundation support to date: Target, Stewarts Shops, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, New Heritage Music Foundation, McCurry Charirites, Bulova Gale Foundation, and Safe fleet’s United to End Bullying Campaign.