Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Center for Creative Arts invites one and all to the school’s Dinner and the Arts fundraiser Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
“Dinner and the Arts is a way for all the arts to come together and show a potpourri of what Center for Creative Arts is all about,” said CCA principal Debbie Smith. “We love community partnerships at Dinner and the Arts. It makes a successful school and community when we work together as a team.”
Student artists are touching up 30 tabletop paintings to be auctioned off at the event starting at 5:30 p.m. to benefit the CCA Arts Department. Scenes from downtown Chattanooga transform the tabletops into wall or table decor as opposed to a simply utilitarian utensil.
Center for Creative Arts student servers wearing costumes from the school’s upcoming musical “You Can’t Take It with You,” will greet guests in the Commons as they serve an Outback Steakhouse meal at 6 p.m.
“Dinner and the Arts will be an elegant full dinner with dessert,” said CCA Fine Arts Facilitator Don Andrews. “We have the auction, dinner and a concert. We will have hors d’oeuvres stations and performers.”
The CCA auditorium will feature more than 100 students in vocal, instrumental, dance, acting and musical theater performances, portrait drawing and creative writing readings to conclude the event from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
According to Andrews, Dinner and the Arts raised $7,500 in 2011 and the 2012 fundraising goal is $10,000. Funds raised purchase school supplies and equipment for the CCA Arts Department.
“This event has helped us upgrade our sound system in the auditorium and purchase electronics for classes in film and graphic design,” he said. “We also upgraded the lighting system in the auditorium. There are 65 arts classes offered in the department — everything from modern dance to music theory to publications and aesthetics.”