Sandy Springs Arts Foundation donates $50,000 to public schools

SSAF Executive Director Maureen Darcey presented Ridgeview Charter Middle School Principal Thomas Garrett with the school’s share of the $50,000 donation. (Provided by SSAF)

The premier ARTBEAT visual and performing arts showcase hosted by the Sandy Springs Arts Foundation raised $50,000 to support the arts in local schools.

The Sandy Springs Arts Foundation (SSAF) covered the cost of the showcase. All money raised through the community was donated back to the participating schools to help them access art-related items such as instruments, paint, consumables, software, etc.

Arts students from Ridgeview Charter Middle School, Riverwood International Charter High School, Sandy Springs Charter Middle School, and North Springs Charter High School participated in the event held at the Byers Theatre in the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center.

“Our premiere ARTBEAT event was a fabulous opportunity for our Sandy Springs-located students to showcase their talent and passion for the arts. Having the opportunity to perform on the grand stage of the Byers Theatre and display their art in the Byers lobby was a thrill for students and audiences alike,” SSAF board member and community leader Jan Collins said.

More than 470 students presented over 120 pieces of 2D and 3D visual art and danced, sang, performed music (Band, Orchestra, Chorus), and acted. Approximately 900 attendees were in the audience.

SSAF Executive Director Maureen Darcey presented checks to the principals of the four schools.

SSAF will hold the second free ARTBEAT event at the Byers Theatre on Feb. 8, 2025.

SSAF Executive Director Maureen Darcey presented Sandy Springs Charter Middle School Principal Laurie Woodruff with her school’s share of the $50,000 donation. (Provided by SSAF)

Bob Pepalis covers Sandy Springs for Rough Draft Atlanta and Reporter Newspapers.

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