Melissa Walker


2023 Honoree

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Arts & Culture

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Melissa is a professional jazz vocalist who created JAZZ HOUSE KiDS in 2002 to use jazz, America’s original musical art form, to ignite creativity and enhance students’ academic and social-emotional skills. Afterschool and summer programs provide a supportive creative community for students from diverse backgrounds from 10 NJ counties. In-school programs reach students in under-resourced schools in Newark and Paterson.