“A youth organization recognized the Paterson Music Project on Monday for its commitment to music and young people” in Paterson, New Jersey, writes Jonathan Greene in Wednesday’s (1/22) Paterson Times. “Paterson Youth Council recognized the group run by the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts with the Martin Luther King Youth Recognition Award for its work with over 250 Paterson students in grades 2-9 at its annual award ceremony.… The Paterson Youth Council recognizes various individuals and one organization at its award ceremony every year. ‘Being recognized with this special award on the actual MLK day is extremely touching,’ Peter Gistelinck, executive director at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, said. The Paterson Music Project launched at the Community Charter School of Paterson in 2012. It began with 32 second-graders, each year adding new students…. Students take up a primary instrument and participate in ensemble practice and instrumental sectionals. An average of six hours of instruction is provided per week…. ‘Expanding the Paterson Music Project per our strategic plan will remain our first priority,’ Gistelinck said.” Elizabeth Moulthrop is director of the Paterson Music Project, which has sites at four public schools and a church in Paterson.