JACKSON TWP. This year’s 11th annual All District Arts Extravaganza is packed full of entertainment. It’s hosted by the Jackson School for the Arts (JSA). The event will be in the commons area of Jackson High School starting at 5 p.m. Feb. 25.
Along with a team of people, Susie Gardner coordinates the Arts Extravaganza. She said the JSA teaching team decided to provide a different kind of focus for art students this year.
"Our teaching team decided that our focus would be for students to see the connections that the arts have to a global society while continuing to celebrate the talents of each other." Gardner said. "Plus, our goals included increasing academic rigor, leadership and building a greater sense of community."
The group hopes to raise $45,000 to help fund a variety of activities, camps, field trips and for hosting artists in residence. Some of the activities from last year included having Jesse Clevenger as one of many Artist in Residence, field trips to the University of Akron, the Canton and Massillon art museums, "My Fair Lady" theater trip, Cleveland International Film Festival, Junior Senior seminar speakers, spot lights for the Jackson Center of Performing Arts, Anne Frank production and many others.
The JSA played host to violinist Tatiana Berman and "Not So Classical," a multimedia concert conceived and directed by David Donnelly. The group also hosted musicians from Ghana, world renowned percussionist Bernard Woma, the Sakumu dancers and more.
This annual event brings together more than 500 fine and performing art students for the only area talent showcase of its kind. Participants will enjoy live performances by the Jazz Band, Main Street Trombone Quartet, Impossible from "Cinderella," Theater I Slam Poetry, the Level I Tap, musical theater summer campers, JSA Collaborative Dance performance, Strausser Elementary School choirs, soloists and the Jacks-n-Jills show choir.
Students' artwork will also be on display within the Commons, including pieces that have earned state and regional awards of excellence.
A Silent Auction and Live Auction will be featured, as well as the popular Basket Raffle. A few of the baskets up for raffle include the Fabulous Broil King gas grill and accessories; a tailgate basket with OSU tickets; Do the Zoo; Right in your Own Backyard with Residential Planning and mulch gift cards; Experience Akron-LIVE-restaurant gift cards; Up, Up, and Away-hot air balloon ride and more.
For the first time at this event, there will be an outdoor 12-footb by 18-foot shed in the live auction. Built by the Construction Technology students led by Brian Clevenger, it’s valued at $4,500. Gardner said offering the building for the live auction is a great partnership between two student groups at the high school. The building is built using high quality materials, is roomy with a high ceiling, windows and a front stoop.
"This is an amazing structure built by Jackson students," Gardner said. "It’s a beautiful gray and white wood sided shed that can be used for storing mowers and other outdoor items. Or, it could be used as a wine bar, an artist studio, or a man or woman cave. It’s a great item for the auction and we look forward to a great response for it."
A variety of items are available for dinner such as pizza, sub sandwiches, salad, dessert and coffee.
"This annual event and the events throughout the year are successful because of a dedicated administration, the JSA teaching team, high school support staff, amazing parents, alumni and parents of alumni who donate, participate and support our students and most of all our amazing students who come to school early, stay late and achieve academically, artistically and athletically," Gardner said.