Peter Alexander Flowers
We would like to welcome each of you that have visited our website.
My Name is Peter, and I am the Co-Founderfor the Native American Music Fund.
I was born on the Navajo Reservation, and I am the son of Mike Flowers and Mechelle Morgan-Flowers. My parents came to the Reservation in 1996, and they are both nurses for the Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Ft Defiance, AZ. Serving the Navajo Community has been honor. Welcome to our page.
I would like to tell a little bit about my story and about how the NAMF was developed. I was raised around music at very early age. I was attending St Michael Indian School, and I was a music student. We had a music class which taught guitar and keyboards. The school had some basic instruments, but the children did not have instruments at home to practice on. Our community is very poor, and many did not have running water or electricity. I knew that in order to have music in the classroom, we needed instruments for my class mates.
I went home one afternoon, and asked my mother to help me raise funds to purchase instruments to gift the children during Christmas 2013. I began a GoFundMe page and that began fund raising for keyboards and guitars. We began the first "Adopt A Child For Christmas". That year we raised $12,000 and purchases a total of 60 guitars and keyboards. That was a very Merry Chirstmas for the school and for my friends.
In April of 2014, I developed a website and began our first "Youth Council". The program then wrote for our first grant and were award a $2000 from "Partners With Native Communities". During that time, I deveoloped the YouTube Channel and started our "Free Music Workshops". The community began getting involved, and then our local musicians started volunteering to help mentor the children.
The progam began, and it began expanding. The instruments started showing up, and the community began bringing their children.
I am currently, in college at Arizona State University, in Phoenix, Arizona. I am majoring in Accounting and International Business. Education is very important to me, and I know how important it is for me to continue mentoring the children and teens. This program was begun from a small idea I had as a teen, and has deveoloped into a sustainable program for my community and for our future scholars.
Please continue to support the Native American Music Fund by donating your time, instruments, and funding.
Gwendolyn Mechelle Morgan-Flowers
My name is Gwen, and I the Co-Founder for the Native American Music Fund.
I was born on the Navajo Reservation, and I am the daughter of Michael Flowers and Mechelle Morgan-Flowers. I am the younger sister to Peter.
Being the younger sister, has advantages and disadvantages. I loved this project though. My brother has explained the details so here is my story.
I was in Middle School when we began the NAMF. I was the shaker and mover of the Project. My mother says I am very determined. I think I got it from her. I helped with the photographs and the Facebook posts when we began. I was the organizer of instrument donations and was the individual that keep all the registrations and paperwork organized. Some say I was the silent partner, but I have developed the project in an expanded way. Over 400 children have participated in our program and we have given away hundreds of instruments.
Over the first few years, we focused on obtaining instruments for the children and created the music workshops. As the years went by my brother left the Reservation, and I became the President and Event Organizer. We have expanded to playing for events in multiple states and now looking to go International performances. Each quarter we try to take a group of students to the theater, concert, or museum.
I am proud to say that I willl be graduating in May of 2020 and have been accepted to Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Xavier University and others. I have dreams of getting my degree in International Law and serve my communities. I have dreams of helping the World. I am going to do beautiful things, and continue to build a sustainable music program for the Children.
Please continue to support our efforts. We began as two children wanting to purchase instruments to gift, and now it is going to continue while we get educated.
Thank you mom and dad for believing in us. One dream can inspire many.