GD Arts Boosters Grants for Music, Drama, and Visual Arts - 2010-2011

posted Sep 30, 2011, 8:51 AM by GDarts Boosters

Groton-Dunstable Arts Boosters was formed to help fill in some of the gaps that exist between the level of support that the District budget has been able to afford in recent years, and the level of support that G-D’s Music, Drama, and Visual Arts programs need to develop the tremendous fine arts talent that is budding within our student community. Last June, the GD Arts Boosters group used the proceeds from the Spring into the Arts fundraiser along with a number of generous donations from the GD Arts community to support the music, drama, and visual arts programs with the following grants:

A stage quality portable digital piano, with a stand, a hard-shell case, and a 3-year extended warrantee

This donation filled a critical need for both Music and Drama.  Previously, whenever the music students needed to perform outside of the PAC or the music room, Music Director Tim Savoy had to either borrow a keyboard from a student, or perform without a piano. On occasion, they moved the high school’s grand piano into the Black Box, but that is easier said than done. It puts a valuable instrument at risk, and increases the frequency of piano tuning.  The new keyboard is now available for classroom use, and for the many performances that are done in the Black Box Theater, as well as “on the road” performances, such as the annual holiday music tour around Groton and Dunstable.  The Drama Guild will also be able to use the electric piano, instead of a portable CD Player, to accompany rehearsals for the annual musical, and allow for the possibility of a student accompanist to rehearse and perform with the cast.

Performance Rights and Scripts for Cinderella

For the past few years, district budget cutbacks on things like drama stipends, a part-time theater manager, and custodial services in the PAC unfortunately shifted the burden of paying for those services onto the budget for theater productions, which also have to cover fees for licensing and performance rights, a professional director, stage sets and costumes.  GD Arts Boosters was able to lighten that load last year, by funding the play rights and much of the publicity for the Drama Guild’s production of the musical, Cinderella.

Two Portable Art Display Boards

The High School Visual Arts department had no display panels. To stage an art exhibit, they had to get the display boards transported from the Middle School, which puts more wear and tear on those boards. GD Arts Boosters donated two large, portable display panels to the Visual Arts department, which we hope will lead to more student art exhibits so people in the community can see some of the outstanding talent that is being cultivated by GD’s Visual Arts program.

Ceramics Supplies

The Visual Arts department also requested funding for some basic supplies that are needed to fire ceramics in the school’s kiln and glaze the pottery and sculptures that the students create. Community support for GD Arts, and particularly the support of the local artist community, has made it possible for us to supplement the limited art supply budget by purchasing these supplies.

The GD Arts Boosters group is very proud of what we were able to accomplish last year. We could not have done this without the support of the school administration, the extra effort put forth by the GDRHS Fine Arts teachers and students, and the generous support of the GD Arts community.

The 2010-2011 Board for Groton Dunstable Arts Boosters

Betsy Bair Blagbrough, President, Drama Liaison
Joelle Graham, Director of Fundraising
Kathy Icenogle, Treasurer, Music Liaison
Lynn Jablonski, Secretary
Marie Anne Durst, Director of Public Relations
Judy Wright – Visual Arts Liaison