"I believe in Mr. Tolliver's vision. Muzika
will provide an outlet in Springfield for aspiring young
artists to pursue their dreams. Mr. Tolliver has
impacted so many successful Springfield artists in the
past such as John Legend and Chevon Corlew through
individual counseling and mentoring. Muzika will
now provide him a venue to efficiently reach more of
Springfield's young talent."
Erick Collins, Muzika
"Muzika is an organization where rich vision meets
serious need. Mr. Tolliver has spent the better
portion of his adult life serving the city of
Springfield, and especially its youth. I believe
that Muzika will not only be a creative voice in the
performing and visual arts, but also a sought after
design for multicultural diversity and excellence in
mentoring young people into the future. As a
member of the Board of Trustees I am pleased to stand
behind this organization in support of the far reaching
influence Springfield's youth can have on their world.
"Minister Arlin "Par" Tolliver has an impact on me
and every child he comes in contact with. He truly
cares about the community and the future of the youth.
As someone who participated in the activities and
programs under the direction of Minister Tolliver, I
know how Muzika will be able open the eyes of children
to the many different aspects of the arts. While I
was at South High School, Minister Tolliver helped me to
become more involved in my school activities. I
took those ideals with me when I went to college.
I will be graduating this June from Wright State
University with a degree in Mass Communication and
Marketing. I am proud to be a part of the Muzika
Newsletter Staff and I look forward to seeing Muzika's
positive influence on the city of Springfield."
with Muzika has been such a blessing, especially being a
Christian parent. There have been so many times where
the Lord has used Muzika as a vehicle to show my husband
and I personally that he is with us all the time. Being
parents of musicians in a band (Callahan) that travels
nationally and internationally, there have been
countless occasions where the Lord has made us realize
that their successes are because of our faith in him.
A scripture that comes to mind
often when working on various projects with Muzika is
Romans 8:28, “and we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God, to them who are called
according to his purpose”. I thank God for Muzika and
the lives that are being touched because of the work
being done. We are reaching young people and their
families daily. Muzika has been able to help them
realize that their dreams can become reality. Just
trust in the Lord, and all things are possible!
Many of the famous artists from
Springfield that I’ve had the pleasure of working with
have a wonderful story to tell about how they were able
to achieve their goals because of someone that believed
in them and supported them in some respect. Muzika has
been able to be that support and “vehicle” for all those
passionate artists that “dare to dream big” or may be
reaching for the stars – or even just wanting to learn
more about the arts.
I truly thank God for Muzika and
our volunteers. I also thank God for giving our CEO,
Minister Arlin “Par” Tolliver, the vision to begin
Muzika and to touch so many lives.
We all look forward to many more
years of touching families and showing them that with
faith, passion, love, and compassion, we can achieve
anything we put our minds to, as long as God is first in
our lives. Muzika is a part of my own personal
Board Member, Muzika
Urban Light Ministries Staff
Co owner, American Home Remodeling
Thank you very much for the invitation to the Muzika
Jam Session. I really enjoyed myself, as anyone there
can attest to. The young musicians and singers along
with the seasoned ones were impressive and the whole
evening was full of fun. Keep up the good work and God
bless you and your family.
As a follower of Jesus and a practicing artist, I
believe in and support Muzika's mission to help turn
young people's artistic dreams into realities. I
have witnessed Muzika as they have built relationships
with our city youth by focusing on these young people's
dreams. Muzika's mentorship and the instruction
are of a high quality. It is exciting to see young
people and their families becoming engaged in their
community through the arts.
Bruce A. Grimes
Muzika Board Member
Volunteering with Muzika is becoming a labor of love,
because as a realtor with Link Hellmuth, I get to meet
people from many cultures, social and economic
environments. Most of my work is concentrated on
the adults, however I do observe the needs of the
children during the relocation process. A program
such as Muzika is another means to help the children
stabilize and "connect" to a new environment.
Springfield City Schools has endured massive budget cuts
that eliminated the deemed "extra curriculum" classes.
Again, I see Muzika trying to fill this gap.
Performing through music, dance and song and developing
front and backstage skills is not only a class, it
becomes a "window" to another world for many children.
The exposure could potentially develop another "John
Legend" from Springfield. I look forward to
participating in helping to build this bridge to the
future for our children!
Realtor, Link Hellmuth
Muzika inspired me with their last newsletter.
After reading the newsletter cover to cover I knew I
wanted to get involved! I emailed Par immediately
to tell him that I feel God is really moving in this
organization and I wanted to be a part of it. I am
a 2004 graduate of Wittenberg University with a
Communication and Management degree. My passions
are graphic design and public speaking. From
reading that newsletter I knew my passions could be used
at Muzika. I recently got back from a
cross-country road trip discovering our country that we
sometimes take for granted. I learned so much from
my six weeks on the road and also learned that you do
not need to go to Los Angeles for opportunities in the
arts. I am a proud alumnus of North High School
and Wittenberg and would love to see the arts continue
to excel here in Springfield. I see Muzika in the
forefront of this upward movement. Thank you for
this opportunity with Muzika. It is an honor and a
pleasure to help design the Muzika newsletter.
Muzika Newsletter Staff