DENVER -- Music and the arts are usually the first classes to go when schools have to make budget cuts, so students in Denver's school district are getting a helping hand in keeping the arts alive, all thanks to Denver's first lady Mary Louise Lee.
A professional singer herself, Lee treated the students at Noel Community Arts School to a song inspiring them to believe in themselves.
Students across the district are taking part in Lee’s Bringing Back the Arts music competition, with proceeds from the events boosting the district's ability to support art and music programs.
"You can't be an engineer if you're not creative, so it brings in that artistic mind, the other side of the brain," says Lee.
“I want to expose all of my art to people and make them understand what I’m trying to express,” Noel student Lily Grajeda says.
School officials are excited about the project.
“We have said loud and clear that this is an important element and we're going to put funding and resources towards it,” says Noel principal Stacy Miller.
Finalists in the music competition will compete in a special concert on March 18 at the Bluebird Theater.
The grand prize is a KBCO studio recording session, mentoring from the president of AEG Live and the chance to perform as the opening act at an AEG concert.