JACKSON TWP.  The house was packed at Jackson High School for the annual Jackson School for the Arts (JSA) 12th annual All District Arts Extravaganza featuring more than 500 young artists with live shows, live painting demonstrations, basket raffles and a live and a silent auction. It’s the group’s annual fundraiser.

Jackson Local Schools Arts Consultant and Program Director Susan Gardner said they believe this year's was the largest attended Extravangaza.

"Each year, the Extravaganza grows to include more talented student artists from our community, and this year we also grew the attendance," Gardner said.

Student dancers, singers, musicians and actors presented more than 30 live performances. Student artwork by fine artists and photographers was be on display, including a new exhibit in The Meraki Gallery showcasing student artworks that have earned prestigious Gold Key and Silver Key Scholastic Art Awards. Artists in residence this year are Dr. Rollo Dilworth and Seth Stewart.

The silent auction offered 129 gift baskets for bidding. This year’s live auction featured more than a dozen baskets including club seats for an Ohio State University football game; weekend getaways; Cleveland Indians baseball tickets; golf package for Brookside Country Club; a Pro Football Hall of Fame package with tickets to the enshrinement, game and concert; a weekend in Pittsburgh with a food, brew and distillery tour; and many more packages.

"In a very difficult week, seeing the number of families attending tonight’s event shows a tremendous sense of community and that Jackson’s spirit is strong," Gardner said.

The event had more than 80 patrons and corporate sponsors help make the annual JSA Arts Extravaganza possible including Alfred Nickles Bakery; Dr. Greggory Elefterin, DDS; Ash Family Dental; Akron Children’s Hospital; OMNI Orthopaedics; Standard Plumbing & Heating; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths and Dougherty; RE/Max; Prato’s Pizza; OnTheBrink Creative; and The Buzz Maker Public Relations.  

The Jackson School for the Arts (JSA) is a nonprofit providing a highly specialized art program within Jackson High School. Established in 2001, JSA provides students with unique curriculum, activities, student organizations and mentoring that support personal and professional development, creativity, academic achievement and a high level of skill in practice. JSA provides advanced coursework including Advanced Placement (AP) and College Credit Plus (CCP) courses, as well as real-world art experiences, art practice, performance and competition experience. In 2017, JSA launched The Meraki Gallery, a student-run exhibit space within Jackson High School. For more information, contact Susan Gardner at 330-837-3501 or visit www.JSAJackson.org.