‘Save the Arts’ Bak Middle School of the Arts’ gala to fund programs to keep local arts alive
Arts programs are becoming more rare in public schools throughout the county. Middle School of the Arts Foundation, however, has announced an event that it hopes will help keep such programs alive locally.
The inaugural Save the Arts Gala will take place Jan. 10, from7 to11p.m., at Lake Pavilion in West Palm Beach.Students from Bak Middle School of the Arts will perform during the event. There will also be a silent auction, dinner and dancing.
“Bak Middle School of the Arts students are the most ambitious, creative and brave students I have ever had the fortune to meet,” said Kristin Ahr, who is co-chairing the event with Sarah Benitz.
Funds raised from the gala will go toward Middle School of the Arts Foundation, with a mission to develop permanent resources to ensure world-class standards of excellence in arts and academics at Bak Middle School of the Arts, a public school serving all of Palm Beach County.
Since 2013, the foundation has provided nearly $750,000 to assist in the funding of artists in residence, artistic consultants, and specialized instruments, supplies and equipment for Bak Middle School of the Arts.
“Community involvement and participation in supporting the arts is imperative to its survival in our public school system and benefits society as a whole,” said Benitz, who is a board member for the foundation. “By providing these middle school students with the creative tools they need to help them engage in and explore the arts, we are preparing them to better interact within a culturally diverse world.”
The planning committee, spearheaded by Ahr and Benitz, has been hard at work since August. Members include: Dr.& Mrs. David Ahr; M. Krista Barth (Sauerberg); Christie Caggiani; Theresa Corvino; Diana Davis; Hector Diaz; Roberta Fenner; Lourdes Harrington; Allison Rogers Haft; Kellie Kenny; Patricia A. Leonard; Francine Mantyh; Michael Pipkens; Alice Randolph; and Jess Savidge.
Save the Arts Gala is presented by PNCWealth Management and JAE Restaurant Group/Wendy’s. Sponsors include Kristin Ahr& Michael Pipkens; Benitz Building LLC; and HartmanWindows& Doors.
Lake Pavilion is located at101South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.
Tickets are $250. For more information, visit www.savetheartsmsoa.org or email email@example.com.
Andrea Smith, front left, Angela Scates and Benjamin Luo; Lee Glaze, back left, and Susy Diaz