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The Suburbanite
  • JSA Extravaganza celebrates student contributions to the arts

  • The Jackson School for the Arts (JSA) program has been bringing creativity to education since 2001. Students enrolled in the program engage in studies for dance, instrumental and voice music, theatre and visual arts. In addition to their studies, they have opportunities to attend museums, galleries, theatre presentations and dance and symphonic events.

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  • The Jackson School for the Arts (JSA) program has been bringing creativity to education since 2001. Students enrolled in the program engage in studies for dance, instrumental and voice music, theatre and visual arts. In addition to their studies, they have opportunities to attend museums, galleries, theatre presentations and dance and symphonic events.
    Students in the arts program at Jackson Local Schools will participate in the seventh annual fundraising event, The Jackson School for the Arts Extravaganza on Feb. 23 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Jackson High School. In addition to the fundraising, there will be student performances, artwork exhibits, dinner and desserts with a cupcake bar.
    To help raise money for the arts program, there will be silent and live auctions and a raffle for baskets donated and assembled by art program students and their parents. Monies raised from the event will be used for field trips, speakers, artists in residence, dance camp and other events related to the arts.
    “We hold the event for two reasons,” said Susan Gardner, director of alternative programs at Jackson Local Schools. “It’s nice to be able to showcase the Jackson School for the Arts program and the artworks the students have done and to recognize the hard work the students do for the program. Plus, the proceeds will support the students with activities such as helping to pay for dance teachers or helping the theatre department.”
    There will be an exhibit featuring Latin American, Spanish and African art provided by Arts in Stark. Choirs from Strausser and Amherst elementary schools and Jackson Memorial Middle School will perform. Cast members of JHS “Phantom of the Opera” and “The Crucible” plays and the JMMS “Oklahoma” cast will present. There will also be instrumental ensembles, dancers, JHS Jazz and Jacks-N-Jills performances.
    In addition to the raffle and silent auction, there will be a live auction with items including three different condo packages offering a weeklong stay. One is for a rental in Mexico, one in Las Vegas and one for a destination of the winning bidder’s choice. Other items up for the live auction include a flat-screen TV, a 2013 American Girl Doll, golf at Brookside Country Club and Ohio State/Iowa football tickets with seats on the 50-yard line.
    “The JSA was started from a grant 11 years ago. For the past eight years since the grant expired, we’ve had to raise money for the program,” Gardner said. “We have a dedicated staff and dedicated parents who want to help keep the program running and help put this event together. We’ve gone from 14 students to up to 200 students for fall 2013.”
    The event raised $30,000 last year and was attended by more than 1,500 people. The goal is to raise the same amount or more this year.