The Psalms Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by Parris Lane and friends to provide scholarships and activities to educate underprivileged and/or poverty stricken children through the arts. She introduces these children to the world of the performing arts by personally supporting their attendance at her specialty shows coordinated and produce by her company Raven Productions Ltd. and other multi-racial/cultural performances in the arts. The Foundation also organizes benefit concerts , lessons, camps and schools for the arts (voice, acting, musical instruments and dance). The scholarship recipients are chosen by applying with the national standards for poverty level income. The Foundation will consist of a Junior choir, dance troupe, and eventually a professional recording audio/video of the participants.
Parris is no stranger to giving herself to help those in need. Dubbed “Annapolis’ Best Kept Secret”... She has staged full-scale musicals and variety shows for charities. To name a few YWCA Domestic Violence Program , The Chrysalis House a non-profit organization that provide housing for mothers who are receiving treatment for chemical dependencies and their children, allowing them to be together, The Banneker Douglass Museum “Image” series to educate the audience with positive African American accomplishments through the arts, Kenmore Middle School to give T-Shirt and other gifts to children that achieved high scores on their Math Functional Test, improved attendance and/or grade point average, The Boys and Girls Club and more.
Ms. Lane has received numerous awards including the Governor’s Proclamation for her one woman show based on her life experience. Determined to spread the joy, she selected a group of children and created a multi-racial/cultural choir and gave them the opportunity to be featured on her CD. Her goal for The Psalms Foundation is to integrate children of different racial and economical backgrounds and educate them through the arts. For her there is no better way to begin this process except through the children because their hearts and minds are open and ready to love unconditionally. It was the only organization as such in the Annapolis area.