Sphinx is an organization whose mission is to “transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts”. The founder of the organization, Aaron Dworkin, (pictured above) aims to provide a supportive space for minorities in the music world so they can engage with one another creating a community that encourages their growth & talent. As a young Black, White, Irish, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Irish Catholic Aaron wants other young adults to get the support that he would have liked growing up as a minority in the arts.
Each year the organization holds The Sphinx Competition in Detroit, Michigan. It is open to Black & Latino string musicians from Junior High age to College age. This competition offers them a chance to showcase their talents as well as connect with other minorities all over the United States giving them more support & encouragement to further their talents.
Being in your teens to early adulthood is challenging enough; it can be an awkward time already & having a commonality with your peer gives you the healthy support to make it through these years of rapid change & growth. The communities that Aaron has established help to healthily spur the growth of these young adults lives. This is just another example showing the positive impacts of living a passionate purposeful life.