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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE • May 2017

    Contact: Jennifer Aminuddin • 804/832-4493  •  snowdrifters@comcast.net  

    ArtFest in the West Raises $12,800 for Arts Education

    Non-Profit Organization Arts in Western Education Gives Grants for Arts Programs in

    Six Western Albemarle County Public Schools

    (Charlottesville, VA) – Following a successful fundraising event, ArtFest in the West, held on coming soon, 2018, the non-profit organization Arts in Western Education (AWE) is distributing grants for a wide range of arts projects, fulfilling requests from arts teachers in western Albemarle County public schools.  The ArtFest in the West event was a lively night of family fun with approximately 300 in attendance, featuring student music and drama performances, visual arts displays, a silent auction, kids’ activities, and even a juggling demonstration.

    The event raised $12,800 and will allow AWE to fund all eleven grants submitted by arts teachers.  

    The following grants have been made:

    • Western Albemarle High School (WAHS) Ceramics – stainless steel table for mixing ceramics glazes
    • WAHS Band – concert dresses
    • WAHS Music – director’s stand
    • WAHS Creative Writing – Myriad publication printing costs
    • WAHS Creative Writing – guest speaker on graphic novels
    • WAHS Digital Imaging – DSLR camera and accessories
    • WASH Fine Arts – frames for display of student art in hallways
    • WAHS Fine Arts – DSLR camera and accessories
    • Henley Middle School Band – instrument storage cabinets
    • Crozet Elementary – color printer/scanner and color ink cartridges

    In addition, AWE will purchase a display case for the WAHS choir to display awards and announcements in the hallway.  The case will be dedicated to the memory of Eric Betthauser, beloved Henley M.S. and WAHS choir director who was killed in an accident in 2016.  Finally, AWE will purchase risers to be used for WAHS choir and instrumental music performances.

    Colette Sheehy, President of the AWE Board of Directors, says “this parent-run organization supports the kind of excellent arts programs that were on display at ArtFest, from student jazz bands and ceramics demonstrations, to a preview of the WAHS musical.”  

    Platinum and Gold Sponsors of this year’s ArtFest in the West were The Boar’s Head Inn & Spa, Craig Builders, Light House Studio, WorldStrides, Stanley Martin Homes and Bassett Home Furnishings.  The business community’s support both as sponsors and with in-kind donations made the event a success.