G-D Arts Booster's Spring Into The Arts
Spring air is right around the corner, and with it comes the second annual Spring into the Arts fundraising gala! Join your community on Thursday, April 5, 2012, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School (G-DRHS) in support of the high schoolâ€™s superlative art, music, and drama programs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for an auction preview.
This special evening features a silent auction and crowd-pleasing live auction. Attendees will also enjoy art exhibits by the talented G-DRHS student artists; music by the G-DRHS Chamber Choir, Chorus, Concert Band, and Jazz Band, as well as other talented student musicians; and theatrical vignettes from recent and upcoming Drama Guild productions, with a special sneak peek of the high schoolâ€™s spring musical, Godspell. Dessert and coffee will be catered by the Main Street CafÃ©.
Spring into the Arts is hosted by G-D Arts Boosters, a parent-led nonprofit founded in 2010 to support G-DRHS arts programs. Tickets are available at the Main Street CafÃ©, Blackbird CafÃ©, Rose of Sharon, and online at www.gdarts.org. Prices are $10 for students, $20 for adults, and $30 for a pair of adults. All proceeds support the arts programs at G-DRHS across the disciplines of art, music, and drama.
Parents, community members, and area businesses are encouraged to buy tickets, spread the word, and consider making a donation to the silent or live auction. Auction donations may be submitted via the online submission form at www.gdarts.org. G-D Arts Boosters gratefully acknowledges the generous donations of Grotonâ€™s Main Street CafÃ© and Axford Photography, Mariaâ€™s Salon of Chelmsford, and Stonehedge Inn of Tyngsboro.
Joelle Graham is Chair of the Fundraising Committee. â€œThe feedback we received from the over 200 attendees at last yearâ€™s inaugural Spring into the Arts event was phenomenal,â€ Graham says. â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to an even more exciting evening this year. This event is a terrific opportunity for the community to come sample the superlative work that students in the G-D arts programs have created.â€
The effects of last yearâ€™s successful fundraiser were felt throughout the G-DRHS arts programs. G-D Arts Boosters was able to purchase a digital piano for the music and drama departments, supply professional display boards for 2D art, and purchase production rights for the high schoolâ€™s spring musical as well as other important supplies and acquisitions.
The director of the award-winning music program, Timothy Savoy, was especially appreciative of the digital piano, which is used every day in classes and rehearsals for the chorus and chamber chorus. â€œHaving an extra piano that is always in tune makes it possible for us to separate the choruses into multiple different rooms for teaching,â€ observes Savoy. â€œThe jazz band and open mic events also enjoy using this new piano. Thank you, G-D Arts!â€
Kathy Icenogle is a founder of the G-D Arts Boosters and member of the Spring into the Arts event committee. She feels strongly about helping to support the schoolâ€™s creative programs, which help students develop right-brain skills and discover who they are. â€œInsufficient funding for our arts programs is a huge problem. Over 600 students are involved in these vital creative outlets, through classes and extracurricular programs.â€
Maureen Green-Stevens, a teacher in the G-DRHS Art Department, speaks to the value of the high schoolâ€™s arts offerings: â€œThe arts help to produce creative thinkers who are comfortable with a variety of forms of expression. In the case of the visual arts, every student should be visually literate in order to cope with the demands of the 21st century. The ability to critically assess and evaluate visual information empowers students to participate in the larger culture.â€
G-D Arts Boosters strives to include the broader community in fundraising efforts and arts events throughout the year. Icenogle notes, â€œIn a small town where entertainment options are limited, the high school arts events provide a great opportunity for any arts enthusiasts to get out and enjoy themselves. Iâ€™m always amazed by the level of talent these kids display. The art compares to work I see in professional galleries, the music covers a wide variety of genres, and the plays are fun and engaging. People donâ€™t know what theyâ€™re missing. Come and see the plays; see the art shows. Itâ€™s important for the adult community to get fired up about the creative efforts of the younger generation.â€