Year in review: Pacific Arts Association

By Eloisa Townsend

What a remarkable year 2015 was for the Pacific Arts Association! Throughout the year, we rolled up our sleeves to organize Blaine’s annual Drayton Harbor Music Festival. Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors and volunteers who made this weeklong summer event a success.

Our music festival brings world-class musicians to Blaine to teach youth during the day and perform for the community at night. This summer we had 60 students who experienced an intense and rewarding week of instruction by professional faculty. Meanwhile, music lovers were treated to free outdoor concerts at lunchtime and evening performances at the Blaine Performing Arts Center during festival week.

PAA’s fundraising efforts this year included a spring auction with dinner and dancing featuring Bellingham’s The Atlantics band. We also held our Big Band Benefit during the festival where students and supporters enjoyed a lively performance by local musicians and faculty.

The 2016 Drayton Harbor Music Festival will be July 10–16. We look forward to our 15th year of inspiring young artists and bringing exceptional music to the Blaine community.

Another highlight from 2015 was the establishment of the Bruce Wolf Endowment Fund. Bruce was a founding member of the Pacific Arts Association (PAA), and he devoted his life to giving back to his community.

As this endowment fund grows, it will benefit arts programs in the Blaine community. To contribute to the endowment fund, please visit whatcomcf.org. Thank you for your contributions to the Bruce Wolf Endowment Fund.

Our first 2016 event is our annual general meeting on January 9. Please RSVP to eloisa.paa@gmail.com to receive meeting details.

Additional events are being planned. Stay tuned for details by subscribing to our online newsletter on draytonharbormusic.org.

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