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CCA students to create an elegant outing for guests at Dinner and the Arts

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.”

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Center for Creative Arts student artists showcase their tabletop artwork that will be auctioned off at the CCA Dinner and the Arts Jan. 26. From left are junior Ranielle Romero, with his aerial view of downtown Chattanooga, sophomore Chloe Jenkins, with her scene of Renaissance Park, senior Rosalia York and sophomore Laurel Hopper, with their collaborative interpretation of the lion fountain at Coolidge Park, and seventh-grader Skylar Laman, with her scenes from local parks.

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.”

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