Fundraiser for youth arts school

The Summer Art Scene for Youth (SASFY) has its major fundraiser Sunday, May 27.

The Summer Art Scene for Youth (SASFY) has its major fundraiser Sunday, May 27, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Creekside Theatre.

This event will feature top youth artists and performers eager to be the next Okanagan stars.

Many of the young talent have won awards and are on their way to outstanding future careers in the arts.

Get ready for a fabulous afternoon of music, song, dance, original composition, theatre, visual arts, food and ethnic diversity.

SASFY was launched in the summer of 2010 and offers one week of intensive and varied art workshops to middle school and high school students throughout the Central Okanagan.

This is the third year for the program which will be run out of Creekside Theatre and George Elliott Secondary School this summer.

The youth summer school has proved to be enormously popular with parents and students. The high quality program has received funding from various community groups, including the District of Lake Country, the Central Okanagan Foundation and School District 23.

Fundraising is necessary to help keep the cost of the programming accessible to a broad range of interested children.

“We have already had requests for scholarships this year,” says Claudia Kargl, SASFY president and artistic director.

Part of the cost of running the programs is small class sizes and quality teachers in a multitude of artistic disciplines.

Students can attend workshops in culinary arts, drama, fashion design, visual arts, wood working, performance and musical arts.

School District 23 helps with a bus shuttle service from West Kelowna and Rutland, enabling the program to be held in Lake Country.

It is a remarkable value at $175 (including lunches) for the six-days of workshops.

This year SASFY has 80 spaces available for the week and already 43 students have signed up.

The May 27 fundraiser will have a sign-up table for students who would like to take part in this summer’s program at special pricing. The event itself promises to be great fun; you will be able to see some of last year’s program participants in action.

For tickets online go to www.sasfy.ca or contact Creekside Theatre at 250-766-5669. Ticket for the fund raiser are adults $15, seniors/students $10 or a family pack for two adults and up to four children are $50. Ticket and silent auction proceeds all go to SASFY.