Story written by Micah Karr, Dailyflipz Health Reporter
FAIRBORN, Ohio – $2.2 million in scholarships, music, dancing, and art barely scratch the surface. “Words elude describing this event.”
These words come from Jennifer Buckwalter, Assistant Dean for Community and Student Engagement, Wright State
On Saturday, April 8, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, students with degrees in Art, Art History, Music, Theatre, Dance, and Motion Picture, will perform and show their work to the public.
In the fall, Buckwalter explained, there is an art contest in the fall where students submit their artwork in hopes of selling it at the auction. This years’ winners are Alexis Lyman, Eva Lewis, and Dana Wiley with “The Wright Brothers’ Flying Imagination” in first place, and Josh Cigrang, with “Lagues” in second place.
The ArtsGala is not a regular “plug and chug” event, according to Buckwalter. “At most black tie affairs, you’re seated at tables,” she explained. “That’s what makes [the Gala] special,” Buckwalter said. Guests can “[move] at [their] own pace…it’s like a choose-your-own-adventure-Gala.”
Steven Aldredge, Instructor of Music at Wright State, is on the internal committee for planning the Gala. He explained that he has been part of the committee since the first ARTSGALA in 2000. “It keeps getting bigger and bigger,” he said.
The ARTSGALA, Aldredge explained, is a great place to “see the result of hard work and talent.” “I love seeing the hard work of the students,” he explained.
He is also looking forward to the Gala for another reason. One of his piano students, Natalie Girard, is the main character in Wright State’s production of 9 to 5. “We’re all interconnected here,” he said, “we’re all part of one ship.”
Last year, the Gala hosted over 900 people, and Buckwalter expects a similar number this year. She isn’t entirely sure of the exact numbers yet. “I need a crystal ball,” she explained, since people tend to buy their tickets last minute. Last year, she explained, “We sold 100 tickets two or three days before” the Gala.
For patrons, there are different amounts of money one can pay to gain different benefits. If someone pays $550 for a ticket, they will receive recognition in the event program, as well as an invitation to a VIP reception, and tickets to a 2017-18 theatre performance and musical performance. For $350, the patron will receive recognition in the event program. Lastly, a single ticket is $250.
A silent auction will help raise money for scholarships to give to students. Among the items up for auction are pieces of art created by students.
Aldredge explains that the Gala is a great place to see what Liberal Arts students are working on. “If you want to see the best talent you’ll ever see,” come to the Gala. He said, “it’s the best the Wright State community has to offer.”
Short, informational video over this years ArtsGala!
Last year's ArtsGala first place winner:
Second place winner:
Story edited by Health & Business Editor Taylor Whitney