In 1990 under the direction of McDaniel Bluitt, founder/director, the West Louisville Boys Choir (WLBC) became a 501 c 3 non-profit organization. The birth of the WLBC, at the time the only one of its kind, made it possible for hundreds of urban youth to be developed artistically and socially through the performing arts.
They are a performing choir. They learn different genres of music, from classical to pop. Through the performing arts, performance venues, and tour opportunities, our youth have a chance to view life outside of their local neighborhoods and environments. They have performed locally and statewide for a host of functions and event. Some of our more notable performances have been at the Cathedral of the Assumption for Prince Charles, the Bahamian Festival of Music, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, and the unveiling of the African American Civil War Memorial televised on C-Span in Washington D.C. The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy also performed for the Duke of Wales, every major television station in Louisville (WLKY 32, WAVE 3, WHAS 11, and FOX 41) and in Paris, France and London, England.
Yes, through the performing arts, boys from Louisville's West End, known not for its culture, but its crime, have seen a better way of life and given tools to lead a positive productive life, an asset and not a liability to society and their community.