On the past Saturday, Apr. 30th, all members of the community were invited to attend the event Arts For Kenya, where students and faculty had the chance to exhibit talents of both visual and performing arts. The goal of this event was to raise need-based funds for the two Blair in Kenya schools, a program started by Mr. Q. Clarke’87 in 2005.
The Art Sale started at 6:30, where people were welcomed and encouraged to purchase authentic artwork created by students and faculty members from Blair. All the guests and attendants were extremely enthusiastic about the Blair in Kenya program and were incredibly generous when asked to support it financially. By the end of the art sale, a total sum of about $4000 dollars was raised, which would all go to Kenya with Mr. Clarke in a few weeks. He wanted to express his gratitude towards all that contributed.
The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the showcase of talent onstage in Dubois Theatre after the art sale. This program was biannual and was initiated by senior Kay O’Connor’16 two years ago. The admission was free of charge and voluntary donations to the program was very gratefully accepted. The art show this year featured performances in the areas of music and dances. While some pop music, such as “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele was performed by a few sophomore girls, there was also an elegant classical piece performed by Yueqi Du’16 and Mr. Eric Lunger. In addition, Mrs. Facciani, her fellow BAD dancers, and Jasmine Mustafa’19 presented several stunningly choreographed dances throughout the span of the show.
The evening was a success, for Blair not only raised money for the children in Kenya who needed it, but also brought joy to the whole community by doing good. Again, Mr. Clarke just wanted everyone to really appreciate the effort and the generosity provided by all who were involved during the whole process. The Blair community truly look forward to more occurrences of events of this sort in the near future.
(Copyright 2016 Brandy Zhang)