Harpist Angelica Hairston launched Challenge the Stats in 2016. She created the initiative for classical musicians from minority backgrounds to share the tools needed for serious study and professional careers. Challenge the Stats also addresses social and racial justice through music.
This year’s Impact Atlanta Concert features the Atlanta Homeward Choir, whose singers are experiencing homelessness.
Conductor Dónal Noonan founded the choir and describes the group as a community of singers who have come together to use music as a vessel to uplift each other. The group aims to help lift its members out of homelessness as well as helping to educate others about the issues faced by those without homes.
Actor and activist Afemo Omilami will act as the master of ceremonies for the Impact Concert, which in addition to the performances will include a dinner and discussion with a panel of artists and community leaders to discuss the realities of homelessness in Atlanta.
The Impact Atlanta Concert takes place Saturday, Feb. 23 at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. The dinner and discussion starts at 5 p.m. and the Impact Atlanta Concert begins at 7 p.m.