Akilah Newton has a deep appreciation for performing arts. Early in life, she discovered a fascination with dramatic arts while performing in an elementary school production of Annie. She continued to nurture her interest with training in music, drama, dance, and stage production. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Music & Entertainment Management, she felt a need to give back to the community that had helped foster her own dreams and aspirations in performing arts. Recognizing that not all kids have the means to participate in arts programs, she set out to make training accessible to young people from all socio-economic backgrounds. She founded Overture with the Arts in 2011 to share her passion and experience with the youth in her community. Reaching out to her network of talented artists and friends, Akilah assembled a team of dedicated instructors to deliver fun, power-packed educational sessions. The first program launched in 2011 and provided an 8-week summer session of Jazz and Hip Hop dance classes for youth ages 12 and up. Since then, new programs have been added to OWTA’s arts education, responding to the creative needs of Montreal’s youth.