Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia met Ecuadorian Queen of Riobamba, Catherine Guadalupe Monday afternoon when she stopped by to chat about INTAKE, a Stamford-based musical program.
Guadalupe was in town to develop relationships with Pavia and Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia to help foster INTAKE, a culturally-centered music program. She was originally supposed to attend a fundraising fashion show at Stamford High School before the past weekend's storm forced the cancellation of the event. A promo for the event can be seen above.
INTAKE is a non-profit focused on "improving the quality of life for under-served Stamford youth," by expanding creativity in music through exposure to new styles and instruments, and the implementation of cross-genre play, using an array of non-traditional instruments to create classical sounds and vice versa.
Guadalupe, through translator and INTAKE Artistic Director Angelica Durrell, thanked Pavia and Executive Assistant Lynn Arnow for their support of the program, which received funding from the city after Arnow brought to Pavia's attention that tight funding grant budgets would require some juggling to continue what they both saw as a service to the community.
INTAKE Organization’s Board of Directors (Instrumentally Native Taking on the Classics) was to present a fashion show of ethnic outfits and native instruments that highlight the roots of the heritage behind the organization.