In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Monica Yunus felt compelled to do something to help. Though she struggled with exactly how she could be of service, the highly-acclaimed opera singer eventually turned to her musical talents and organized a benefit concert.
The concert and subsequent collaboration with fellow singer Camille Zamora led to the formation of their nonprofit, Sing for Hope, which aims to bring the arts to everyone.
Yunus and Zamora sat down with The Huffington Post's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin last week at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado to talk about their organization, as well as service, success and the importance of democratizing art.
"Our mission is art for all," Yunus said. "We have the special privilege of being working opera singers. With Sing for Hope, we feel very strongly that everyone has the artist inside of them. All of us have that creative spark within us."
Through various programs -- like the 88 Sing for Hope Pianos placed in parks and public spaces throughout New York City this June -- Yunus and Zamora are reigniting that spark in as many people as they can.
Watch the video above to see the whole interview, and for more information on Sing for Hope click here.