Solon, Ohio -- Tarkett provided key donations to support the development of the All-Star Digital Arts Suite at Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s East Tech Teen Center. Tarkett donated over 4,000 square feet of product including: 3,025 sq ft of iD Inspiration LVT, 1,125 linear ft of wall base and 300 sq ft of Color Essence VET (vinyl enhanced tile).

The intent of the Digital Arts Studio is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about musical performance, music production and the music industry, opening the door to career opportunities for young people in the city of Cleveland. The goal is to prepare kids for what’s next, whether that is college, a career, or being job ready when they graduate from high school.

This project fully renovated the digital arts suite at the Boys & Girls Club location in East Technical High School, installing a Notes for Notes sound recording studio with brand-new equipment, a collaborative workspace stocked with Mac desktop computers, and a vibrant lounge area. The site, which will be utilized by students at East Technical High School and members of local Boys & Girls Clubs, will be instrumental in helping retention rates both at the high school and at the local Boys & Girls Club.

Notes for Notes designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs, offering youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music for free.

Daisajana Walker is a student who has participated in the Boys & Girls Club for the past three years and is now a staff member at the center. She says of the new studio, “The Digital Arts Suite is like a dream come true for me. My passion is to become a singer. This space gives me and other students the chance to learn more about the music industry and will help me to become a better performer and writer. Thanks to everyone who helped make this dream come true for me.”

“Tarkett is committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work,” said Jeff Fenwick, president and CEO, Tarkett North America. “We’re proud to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland in their development of the Digital Arts Suite – a space that will truly make a difference for students at East Tech High School, helping them to develop their skills and pursue their dreams.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland (BGCC) provides safe, fun places for kids after school at 13 locations, including the East Tech Teen Center. Each day, nearly 1,000 kids come to a Club, where they find academic help, caring adult mentors and opportunities in athletics, art, music and career readiness. BGCC is the local branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, which also includes Clubs in Akron, Lorain County and Erie County.

The All-Star Legacy initiative was launched by Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians with a $5 million donation and includes several community enrichment projects that will impact thousands of people throughout Greater Cleveland. The All-Star Digital Arts Suite is one of five projects this initiative is supporting.

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