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Posted December 6, 2016

A is for Art! nets more than $60,000 for fine arts students, programs

More than 100 students sold their artwork in the silent and live auctions.

The APS Education Foundation’s A is for Art! presented by TIG netted just over $60,000, the West Mesa High School fine arts program saw a $7,700 windfall and more than 100 students became professional artists for the first time.

All in all, a pretty successful evening.

The event showcased fine student works of art in a variety of different ways, highlighted by a live auction in which students’ pieces made thousands of dollars at Sandia Resort and Casino.

“We were extremely gratified by the results of the evening,” said Foundation Executive Director. “That’s a tribute to our students’ talent and our teachers’ hard work.”

The event’s Fund a Fine Arts program benefited the fine arts program at West Mesa High School, whose teachers and principal attended the event and helped spur the bidding. Dozens of the more than 400 attendees at the live auction raised their bid cards to help West Mesa support its many fine arts offerings.

The APS Education Foundation and the APS Fine Arts Department would like to thank all the guests that donated and purchased art this year, allowing more students access to needed supplies and opportunities to participate in the arts. 

The silent auction drew about 500 attendees, with artists talking to guests about how they think about art – and the methods by which they designed their unique pieces.

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