Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis Is Co-Sponsoring Launch of New Music Program for Kids who are V

St. Louis, Missouri…Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis is pleased to co-sponsor “The Launch,” a musical event Friday, January 22 that will kick off an exciting new music program called Experience the Arts offered by the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments.   

Jeff Austin, a mandolin master whose acoustic band tours nationwide on the forefront of the new acoustic music movement, will perform solo at the event and also perform with children who are visually impaired. 

John Thompson, president of the Lighthouse, said, “Our organization is pleased to co-sponsor the launch of Experience the Arts as part of our commitment to support the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments and its innovative programs for children who are visually impaired.”

Experience the Arts music courses, for children ages 6-18 years, will be the first in the St. Louis metro area.   Three courses will sharpen skills, build confidence and develop appreciation of music.  Classes will start in February.  For information about Experience the Arts, call Delta Gamma at 314-776-1300 or see the website

Families who have children with visual impairments as well as interested members of the community are invited to attend “The Launch” from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in the Delta Gamma Center at 1750 South Big Bend Boulevard in Richmond Heights, Missouri 63117.   Guests can enjoy a facility tour, refreshments and a unique “blind musical art” experience before the performance. The event will be fun and highlight Jeff’s Austin’s infectious ability to connect people of all ages through music.  To RSVP, call Janet Creath at 314. 776.1300.

Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments is a non-profit organization founded in 1951 to provide early intervention, family support and direct services for youth within a 50-mile radius of its headquarters.

Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1933. It helps children and adults who are visually impaired maintain dignity and independence by offering employment, education and support services. It is also a manufacturing, assembly and packaging enterprise. Its legally blind employees assemble, warehouse and distribute emergency preparedness kits, medical kits, catheters, aerosol and liquid paints, aerosol and liquid cleaners, adhesives, eco-friendly products and others to government and business customers, and to consumers nationwide. Call 314.423.4333, or see

“The Launch” event also is co-sponsored by the Valerie Marvin Walch Endowment and the Mimi Fishman Foundation.  

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