Pharrell Opening Youth Center

Producer plans to open haven for creative kids in Virginia.

Posted: 07/08/2011 08:27 AM EDT
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Pharrell Opening Youth Center

Producer and artist Pharrell Williams continues to use the wealth he’s accumulated throughout his career for the greater good. Pharrell recently unveiled plans for opening a youth center for in his home state of Virginia. The center seeks to provide young people with an outlet to hone in on their creativity.

In an interview with the design magazine Wallpaper, Pharrell said, "I wanted to provide people with the same opportunities I got. My teachers didn't let me go until I had realized my potential. They taught me to fight my way out of a paper bag.”

He added, "Children need guidance and creative discipline and someone to be there when they fall. They also need a safe haven. At the moment, arts organizations across the U.S. are having their funding cut and we can't let that happen. There's so little regard for creative skills. Where would we be without design?"

Should the project be a success in Virginia, Pharrell plans to take the project across the country. Pharrell explained, "This is just a prototype. If all goes well, we will look at setting it up in another cities across the U.S. as well, such as Miami." The center will be eco-friendly, built through funds raised via his charity, From One Hand to Another Foundation, and is set to open in 2012.


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