Miss America 2019 Dedicates a Piano at Duke Children’s Hospital

She partnered with Sing for Hope
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Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019 (center), advocates for arts education.

Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019, joined with international partner Sing for Hope on Aug. 12 to dedicate a piano to Duke Children’s Hospital. An arts education advocate, Franklin is spending her year as Miss America to advance her social impact initiative, which is focused on creating opportunities for children and adults to enjoy the educational and emotional benefits of music. She has worked extensively with Sing for Hope, an organization driving the international movement for increased inclusion of the arts in global convenings centering on social change.

By partnering with Sing for Hope to dedicate the new piano, Franklin will leave a lasting impact on children and families who utilize Duke Children’s Hospital’s facilities. Prior to the dedication, Franklin met pediatric patients and sang an original composition.

“Duke University Hospital schedules more hours of live music than any other performing arts space in the area, sometimes reaching up to 16 hours a day,” says musician-in-residence, William Dawson. “Music is a huge part of our program because we believe in creating a healing environment for all of our patients and their families.”

Franklin and her family know the healing power of music. Before becoming Miss America, Nia provided a stem cell transplant for her father, James, at Duke University Hospital.


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