The long empty hallway in John Jay High School is about to become a permanent Art Gallery! Here’s a computer rendering of how it might look, and a fundraising appeal to help ArtsALIVE! fund this wonderful permanent addition to the cultural life, and beauty of the campus!
Dear John Jay High School Families:
For many years supporters of ArtsAlive!, along with the staff, have imagined the corridor leading from the main office to the theater, the one that currently houses the bust of John Jay himself, as the site of a permanent gallery for the display of student art and special exhibitions.
Conversations about this idea were rekindled recently when Paul Christensen, our Operations and Maintenance Director, suggested that a gallery could be created with materials he recommends at a cost much lower than any quoted in the past. The gallery, when realized, will provide a beautiful stage to present your children’s talent to the rest of the student body, their families, and the entire community.
ArtsAlive!, JJHS’s booster organization for the arts, is in a position financially to seed the project. However, in order to afford both the gallery project and to continue to support arts-related events, we would like to invite John Jay families to help us make the gallery a reality by making a one-time contribution to the ArtsAlive! Gallery Fund.
The project has two phases, but we would like to execute them as one. The cost of phase one, installation of tack board on which to mount the artwork, is $2,500.00. This is the amount that ArtsAlive! will commit to ensure the gallery can be up and running by March 19. We plan an opening reception of the annual spring art student exhibition to coincide with the opening of the school musical, Grease.
Phase two of the project involves the installation of protective plexiglass over the tack board to protect the work displayed. The total cost of phase 2 is $4,000. A computerized rendering of the new gallery, created by JJHS senior David Gordon, is included with this message.
The ArtsAlive! board is creating a unique opportunity for families to support the arts and be honored as founders of the John Jay Art Gallery. Those donating $200 or more before February 27th will become Gallery Founders at the following levels:
Benefactor: $1,000 – $1,500
First Founder: Above $1,500
Donors will be memorialized on a Founders Honor Role that will be permanently and attractively installed in the new gallery. Donations of any amount will be acknowledged in the program at the open reception March 19.
Funds raised in excess of the initial cost of the project will support gallery maintenance and the mission of ArtsAlive! to bring quality arts-based programs to our school.
We hope that you will become a founder of the JJHS Art Gallery. Donations may be made through Paypal at this link:
Using this site allows you to donate using any credit card as well as your Paypal account. Your donation is 100% is tax-deductible.
Donations may also be made by check and mailed to ArtsAlive!, 60 N. Salem Rd., Cross River, New York 10518, or you may deliver donations to the school receptionist in an envelope directed to Gil Cass, Assistant Principal. Checks should be written to ArtsAlive!. Please note “Art Gallery” on the “For” line in the lower left hand corner of your check.
Again, while contributions to ArtsAlive! of any amount for the Gallery will be gratefully accepted, those wishing to be honored as Founders of the Art Gallery should make their donation of $200 or more no later than February 27th.