Barbara Ingram School for the Arts hopes fundraiser to pay teachers takes flight

June 17, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Students of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, from left, Bethany Palkovitz, Allison Nichols and Alexa Dump, perform Friday night during the school's Take Flight II Balloon Glow and Auction fundraiser at the Rider Jet Center at Hagerstown Regional Airport. The balloon sculpture at right, tiltled "School of Dreams," won Best of Show honors.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Hoping to raise $100,000 to pay salaries for adjunct teachers at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, the school's foundation held a balloon auction Friday evening at the Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation was auctioning 17 hot-air balloon sculptures that were painted by local artists and have been on display in University Plaza and along downtown Hagerstown streets, Mimi Dickinson, the foundation's development director, said before the event.

The other 12 balloon sculptures go to their sponsors.

The balloon sculptures will be displayed at Valley Mall until June 27, Dickinson said.

In addition to selling the sculptures, the event — billed as Take Flight II Balloon Glow and Auction — is raising money through ticket sales and by auctioning other items in silent and live auctions, Dickinson said.

Items include a "Phantom of the Opera"-themed quilt, a long weekend in Ocean City, Md., and a golden ticket package for four people to attend all performances and exhibits at Ingram in the next school year.

Proceeds go the foundation, which supports the downtown Hagerstown arts school's artists-in-residence program, Dickinson said. Those artists serve as adjunct teachers for the school's visual arts, dance, instrumental, musical theater, vocal, and — starting in the next school year — literary arts programs, she said.

The number of adjunct teachers varies semester to semester, but ranges from 13 to 18, she said. The school system pays for the school's lead teachers.

Performers Friday included the school's jazz vocal group, musical theater students and The Band, with members from the school's orchestra department, Dickinson said.

Organizers hope each sculpture raises from $1,000 to $10,000, Dickinson said.

The foundation will lose the money that would have been raised by one of the sculptures, which was irreparably damaged during the Western Maryland Blues Fest, held the first weekend in June, Dickinson said.

The sculpture, which had a design featuring blues singers, stood in front of Bikle's Ski Shop at 7 N. Potomac St., she said.

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