Spring into the Arts at GDRHS! Memorable Evening of Auctions, Art, Music, and Drama

posted Feb 20, 2012, 9:45 AM by Kathy Icenogle

Groton, MA, February 20, 2012—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 pm at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School (GDRHS) in support of the high school’s superlative art, music, and drama programs. Doors open at 6:30 pm 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 GDRHS student artists; music by the GDRHS 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 school’s spring musical, Godspell. Dessert and coffee will be catered by the Main Street Café.

Spring into the Arts is hosted by GD Arts Boosters, a parent-led nonprofit founded in 2010 to support GDRHS arts programs. Tickets are available at the Main Street Café, Blackbird Café, 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 GDRHS 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. GD Arts Boosters gratefully acknowledges the generous donations of Groton’s Main Street Café and Axford Photography, Maria’s Salon of Chelmsford, and Stonehedge Inn of Tyngsboro.

Joelle Graham is Chair of the Fundraising Committee. “The feedback we received from the over 200 attendees at last year’s inaugural Spring into the Arts event was phenomenal,” Graham says. “We’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 GD arts programs have created.”

The effects of last year’s successful fundraiser were felt throughout the GDRHS arts programs. GD 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 school’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. “Having an extra piano that is always in tune makes it possible for us to separate the choruses into multiple different rooms for teaching,” observes Savoy. “The jazz band and open mic events also enjoy using this new piano. Thank you, GD Arts!”

Kathy Icenogle is a founder of the GD Arts Boosters and member of the Spring into the Arts event committee. She feels strongly about helping to support the school’s creative programs, which help students develop right-brain skills and discover who they are. “Insufficient funding for our arts programs is a huge problem. Over 600 students are involved in these vital creative outlets, through classes and extracurricular programs.”

Maureen Green-Stevens, a teacher in the GDRHS Art Department, speaks to the value of the high school’s arts offerings. “The 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.”

GD Arts Boosters strives to include the broader community in fundraising efforts and arts events throughout the year. Icenogle notes, “In 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. I’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 don’t know what they’re missing. Come and see the plays; see the art shows. It’s important for the adult community to get fired up about the creative efforts of the younger generation.”

Don’t wait to make a difference! Spread the word, make a donation to the auction, and be sure to buy a ticket to join the fun on April 5.