Funding the Arts, and all that Jazz!
CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Washington College Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band will partner for a concert Thursday, December 5, that will benefit arts programming at nearby Garnett Elementary School. The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Hotchkiss Recital Hall of the Gibson Center for the Arts. Voluntary donations will be collected for Garnett, the public elementary school in Chestertown.
The concert is the second event in a “Festival of the Arts” the Music Department has created to raise funds for local causes. The first event was a work-shopped stage reading of “The Triumph of Love and Reality Television,” a playwriting thesis by Washington College senior Rachel Fisher, which took place on November 15 and 16.
“We are grateful for the way the community supports the arts at Washington College, and this fundraiser is one way to show our appreciation,” says music professor Jon McCollum, who organized the benefit under the theme “Fostering Creativity.”
In its inaugural year, the WC Festival of the Arts raised more than $1,000 in cash and food donations for the Kent County Food Pantry. Professor McCollum says that selecting Garnett Elementary as this year’s recipient underscores the importance of arts in developing young minds. “Research proves that children need the arts,” he says. “Not only do they provide a means for creative expression, but the skills you develop when honing an art form spill over into nearly every discipline. Everything is connected. Finding a way to support children’s exposure to the arts can change their lives. We need to change the paradigm, where the arts are included not as something extra, but as something essential,” he adds. “By attending these performances and donating to support the arts at Garnett, people can impact young lives.”
For more information on the concert and other events, please visit http://www.washcoll.edu.
Photo: Members of the Jazz Ensemble in performance in 2012.