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Tracy James, the mother of 6-year-old Mackenzie James, can see the growth in her daughter’s piano skills since she started taking lessons about eight months ago with Mark Peay, founder and CEO of iDREAM Center for the Performing Arts.

“She’s really blossomed,” she said. Mackenzie can now play a couple of piano chords, something that she was not able to do with her previous piano teacher. “He gave her a challenge and made sure she met that challenge. He wants to see her do well.”

iDREAM promotes self-expression for children ages 6-18 through writing, singing and playing the piano. Youth can participate in vocal and piano lessons, song and script writing classes and an opportunity to perform with the Nap Tunes Children’s Choir.

The grand opening of iDREAM — Developing Rising Entrepreneurs through Arts & Music — is noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at 1145 E. 22nd St. The celebration will include a bounce house, food, games and a back-to-school supply drive.

“All of this is a labor of love,” Peay said. “I know the beauty and power in serving others. By putting hope on the stage … in our community, it will foster a greater sense of hope.”

Aisha Evans saw a shift in her daughter’s confidence after working with Peay for over a year. Ashlyn Evans, 11, used to be shy singing in front of a crowd, and now she holds her head up high and sings a little louder.

“This is something she is very passionate about,” Evans said.

The monthly tuition for the iDREAM center is $75, however, Peay hopes to create more partnerships that will help defray the costs for members who may not be able to afford the tuition. He also plans to expand by opening more iDREAM centers throughout Indianapolis and offer choreography and dance classes for members in the future.

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