KIDS in the KAATSKILLS
Justin participates actively in his Catskill Mountain community as a performing artist and as an advocate of arts in education. He believes passionately in the high value of including the performing and fine arts as a critical component of elementary and secondary level education.
His community engagement presentations and performances are popular and as frequent as his touring schedule allows. Annual visits to area schools include collaborations with music, theatre, and visual arts teachers and students.
These programs are a result of a partnership between the charitable foundation "KIDS in the KAATSKILLS" and Justin. When requested, Justin "goes to bat" on behalf of faculty and students in assisting procurement of instruments, budget dollars for projects, and overall support from parents, the school board and the community.
Pheonicia Int'l Festival of the Voice
As Co-Founder and Public Relations Director Kolb developed the destination festival's Artist Advisory Board and the summer youth camp: "Working with Masters." The acclaimed organization awarded Kolb the designation of Chairman Emeritus in 2016.
Delaware County ARC
The challenged clients of ARC share piano self-expression master classes with Justin and sometimes in the presence of an audience. Local senior residences and nursing homes also take advantage of Justin's presence in the community
Belleayre Summer Music Festival
Annually Justin presents performances with musical friends and performance artists for the popular festival produced by the Belleayre Conservatory with the Belleayre Ski Center under the aegis of the NY State, Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).
Home School Master Class
Students visit Justin's mountain top home and former farm to meet, discuss, share and perform for each other and to listen to tales from the road of Justin's vibrant musical experiences.
In the Neighborhood
Presentations to local roundtable discussion groups and presentation of workshops for local non-profit arts groups complete Justin's neighborhood and community engagement.