By Stefanie Donahue
The event of the year for art and jazz buffs in Blaine is just days away.
Presented by the Blaine Fine Arts Association (BFAA), the 20th annual Arts and Jazz event is slated to kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 at the Blaine middle school cafeteria.
The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for BFAA and features a live and silent auction with items from local businesses and private donors. This year, eventgoers will have the chance to bid on tickets, passes and certificates to a museum exhibition, restaurants, events and more. Last year, the event raised $10,488 for BFAA, said Dorita Gray on behalf of the organization.
BFAA is responsible for providing arts scholarships that help cover expenses for students eager to take part in arts-based courses within the Blaine school district. This school year alone, BFAA has committed to provide more than $10,000 in assistance to the art, band, choir and drama departments in the district, Gray said.
Blaine’s high school wind ensemble is on deck to rouse the Arts and Jazz audience with a send-off performance prior to its departure to the Funabashi Music Festival in Japan on February 8. After months of fundraising, Gray said the 44-student ensemble was happy to announce they achieved their fundraising goal.
“The BFAA is grateful for the support of our community and for the success Arts and Jazz has provided to our arts programs in the Blaine school district,” Gray said in an email.
The nonprofit organization is steered by a number of volunteers from around the community.