Visual Art Educators Volunteer Time to Raise Money to Support Local Students
The Northeast Florida Art Education Association (NeFAEA) will host its annual fundraising event, Flamingos on the River, on Saturday, May 16, at Jacksonville University’s River House. Proceeds from the event and donations throughout the year directly support the regional chapter of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a national contest that has hosted previous winners such as Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath and John Lithgow.
Visual Art teachers from across Northeast Florida come together to spend their very scarce hours away from the classroom ensuring students have opportunities to participate in exhibitions, compete for college scholarships and perhaps be included in the winner’s circle in New York City each year. According to Gerie Leigh, a retired DCPS educator and NeFAEA board member, “over the past four years, this group has not only revived the local chapter of Scholastics, but also encouraged more than 1,500 students to enter over 3,800 works of art; seen 35 local students win national recognition and awards, and offered more than $1.5 million in college scholarships.”*
This particular event is the largest source of income for the group’s year-round work to support its students and fellow educators. The highlight of the evening will be a silent and live art auction featuring major artists and art educators such as Tony Wood, Mac Truque, Ginger Sheridan and Jason John, who have all generously donated their work to support the next generation of artists. The event will also feature a Jacksonville musical favorite, Tropic of Cancer, who, in their words, specializes in a mix of “jazzy jams, worldly beats and saucy rhythms.”
The $25 price of admission includes entry to the event, plus a complimentary drink ticket, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.
Flamingos on the River – An Art Auction for the Visual Arts of Northeast Florida
Saturday, May 16, 2015 | 6-8 p.m.
The River House at Jacksonville University
2800 University Boulevard North, Jacksonville, FL 32211
*value based on scholarships offered not those acted upon
Anthony Sznakowski, NeFAEA President