Association enriches, supports arts

Published on Thu, Jan 1, 2004 by Kristi Galbraith, President

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Association enriches, supports arts

By Kristi Galbraith, President

The Blaine Fine Arts Association (BFAA) is a group of parents, teachers, and interested community members who support the arts programs in grades seven to 12 of the Blaine school district.

The BFAA holds two large fund raising events, both of which are generously supported by the community. In February, Arts and Jazz Jazz in Japan delighted the senses with its eastern theme and raised over $6,000 thanks to the involvement of the community, who donate and bid on auction items. In September, the annual Homecoming Chili Feed provided a fun, social, pre-game musical event for students, their family and friends, and BHS alumni. We served 408 and brought in over $1,300.

In a separate fund raising effort, students, parents, and the community banded together to raise half the funds necessary to send our band to Japan. In February the Blaine High School Wind Ensemble traveled to Japan where they performed at Tokyo Disneyland, local area schools, and the Funabashi Music Festival.

Through the generosity of the community the BFAA was able to support many activities in 2003. We paid the entrance fees for art students to attend the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. We supported the jazz band trip to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho. Wind ensemble families and BFAA members hosted students, teachers, and chaperones from Takanawadai, Japan and BFAA hosted the Takanawadai high school band concert. We contributed toward the purchase of a wireless connection for an art department computer. BFAA hosted a reception for Blaine high school students at the �Promising Future� art exhibit at the Whatcom Museum. BFAA provided $1,200 in scholarships presented to Linda Poole, Glen Hamburg, and Celeste Fraser.

We promoted the Blaine Jazz Festival for teens to our high school band and choir students. The BFAA contributed half the purchase price for a digital recording system with a CD burner. BFAA hosts the middle and high school concerts and serves refreshments at the December and May concerts. Community involvement and generosity has allowed the BFAA to help provide extracurricular enrichment for our students.

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