RoxArts benefit supports school arts programs
The annual ROXARTS community fundraiser, supporting arts enrichment for all CH-UH City School District students in kindergarten through eighth grade, will be held on Saturday, April 28, at the B-Side in Cleveland Heights.
The night will start grooving at 7 p.m. with a disco-themed benefit that will include food from local eateries, complimentary beer and wine, a tabled auction with more than 30 items up for bid, and a live auction. Attendees are urged to dress in disco attire.
At 9 p.m., the B-Side and Grog Shop will transform into a Silent Disco. In lieu of a speaker system, the silent disco broadcasts music via radio transmitter into wireless headsets worn by the guests. Experience live DJs and dancing, like never before.
Tickets can be purchased via the B-Side ticketing agent by following the link at www.roxarts.org. The adults-only event is $40/person for 7 p.m. entry, benefit and auction; and $15/person for Silent Disco entry at 9 p.m.
ROXARTS, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, dates back to 1981, when a group of Roxboro Elementary School parents committed to raise funds for children’s arts and science enrichment. It grew to provide educational programs and experiences in the performing and visual arts at Roxboro Elementary School and Roxboro Middle School, as well as an annual donation to Reaching Heights for the all-school Reaching Musical Heights concert at Severance Hall. In 2016, the ROXARTS board committed to a matching budget for Monticello Middle School.
This year’s fundraiser will bring attention to ROXARTS’ new partnership with the Heights Schools Foundation (HSF). RoxARTS In Tiger Nation, a fund supported by ROXARTS and managed by Julianna Senturia, HSF executive director, will ensure that each elementary school in the CH-UH district has access to funds earmarked for arts and science enrichment. Each school can access up to $2,000 in an academic year.
Grants are awarded through an online application process through HSF.
The fund was formalized in January 2018, and awarded the following grants for the 2017–18 school year: $500 for Lego Mindstorms (grades 3–5, Gearity and Noble elementary schools); $200 for Coding Robot (second grade, Oxford Elementary School); $450 for Cleveland Museum of Art visit and studio class (first grade, Oxford Elementary School); $500 for programmable mini drones (Gearity Professional Development School).
Recent ROXARTS experiences for Heights Middle School students included trips to Playhouse Square, an art project at Larchmere Fire Works, and a Women in History assembly.
More than ever before, ROXARTS truly is an organization for the community. For more information about ROXARTS, or to volunteer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole Tugeau is a ROXARTS board member. Her three children attend CH-UH elementary and middle schools.