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WHAT’S HAPPENING

PAF Last Event of the Year! | Thursday, May 9 | 7:30pm

Let’s raise a glass at the Ordinaire (Ordinaire Wine Shop & Wine Bar, 3354 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610) map. Come join our year-end celebration and appreciation for all who volunteered!


 
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RECENT NEWS

The Best of the Arts in March | Closing Concert

Sat, March 30 | 12 - 3pm | Piedmont Center for the Arts

The Piedmont Arts Fund Big Art Show closed on Saturday March 30th, 2019 with a recital by students in the Piedmont Unified School District. The 3rd Annual Big Art Show ended with many artworks finding new homes in Piedmont.

Students played at the Piedmont Center for the Arts to a full room. The recital featured Phoebe Kim (the youngest, a 1st grader at Beach Elementary), Charlotte Zhang on the piano, Josie Schuetz and Jane Lin playing a daughter/mother violin duet, Kasandra Dagnese on the violin, Jasper Schuetz, Jonah Kim, Evrim Duransoy, and Milo Bakshi, each playing piano, and Matteo Scanu and Aaron Brahma playing an electric guitar duet. It was a delightful end to a month of artistic events held at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, which included hands-on art activities and a student film screening hosted by Piedmont High School senior Alfonso Hollingsworth.

The Piedmont Arts Fund wants to acknowledge the many volunteers that made these events possible and all the community supporters who came out to support the events. Over the two weeks from the Piedmont’s Got Talent Show to the Closing Concert of of the Big Art Show, we saw that visual and performing arts are thriving due to the generosity and support of the community. The Piedmont Arts Fund will continue to put on events to showcase the artistic abilities of our students and fundraise to support music, performing, and visual art  programs in the Piedmont schools. To keep up to date on upcoming events or to donate!

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Closing Concert performers: Back Row: Evrim Duransoy, Jasper Schuetz, Arun Brahma, Matteo Scanue. Front Row: Jonah Kim, Phoebe Kim, Milo Bakshi, Kasandra Dagnese, Charlotte Zhang, Josie Schuetz. Photo Credit: Andy Schuetz

Art Events :

Silk Screening | Quilting | Comic Book Session | Watercoloring

The Piedmont Arts Fund’s Big Art Show began with the Piedmont’s Got Talent Show and the opening reception for the Big Art Show on March 16. Art from local artists is on display (at Piedmont Center for the Arts), and for sale online at https://pef.schoolauction.net/paf/catalog. The proceeds from this fundraiser supports arts programming at the Piedmont Unified School District. The show comes to a close on Saturday March 30.

The Gallery Hours have featured workshops led by local artists, including silkscreen printing with Maggie Mittan, quilting with Amanda Ward, comic book illustration with Yancey Labat of DC Comics, and watercolor and collage with Christiana Reining.

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The BIG ART SHOW Opening Reception

Sat, March 16 | 6 - 8 pm | Piedmont Center for the Arts

After the Piedmont’s Got Talent performance (see below), the crowd headed to the Big Art Show Opening Reception for a festive party at Piedmont Center for the Arts. With over sixty works of art displayed by 27 artists, the juried Big Art Show is the main fundraising event for Piedmont Arts Fund. Artists receive 50% of the proceeds from their art that is sold and the other half directly supports performing and visual arts in Piedmont schools. Siobhan Hughs, art show chair, is very happy with the breadth of 2D and 3D art submitted, including photography, wooden vessels, and ceramic pieces. Stacey Isaacs of Compass Realty donated wine and Montgomery Flowers, Eva Liang and Rick Wu provided flower arrangements at the Big Art Show.

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Congratulations

to all performers at Piedmont’s Got Talent!

Sat, March 16 | 4:30 - 6pm | Veteran’s Hall

Prize Winners:

Grand Prize (Pixar Tour for 8 people compliments of Jenni Tsoi, Wildwood mom and spouse of PMS PE Teacher Craig Best): Evelina Mitchell (8th grade); Piano and Voice Ireland from the Broadway Musical “Legally Blonde”, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin

1st place ($100 cash): Samantha Cheunkarndee (6th grade), Kevin Humphreys, Katherine Graham, Grady O'Gara; Classical Quartet String Quartet in C Major "Emperor" Op. 76 No. 3 II. Poco Adagio Cantabile by Joseph Haydn

2nd place ($50 cash): Sophie Eng (10th grade); and 9th graders Caroline Collins, Sophia Hiestand, Maya Kumar, Cece Johnson, Maggie Sullivan, and Klaire Cherryhomes; Ballet Moonlit, Music: Caribbean Blue by Enya

Thank you to all our Judges:

Jonathan Ring (San Francisco Symphony), Emily Keyishian (Actress), Keri Elmquist (Actress and Artist), and Rosemary Orozco (Channel 2 Weather).

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All Participants: Front row, sitting (l to r): Giselle Bahri Tindall, Michael Peng, Benjamin Sachs, Jackson Lommen, Owen Blanford, Torsten Olsen, Gianluca Bini; Middle row, kneeling (l to r): Miles Antaya, Charlotte Lichens, Gabrielle Garcia, Natalie Lim, Sophie Eng, Maggie Sullivan, Caroline Collins, Sophia Hiestand, Klaire Cherryhomes; Back row, standing (l to r): Kevin Humphreys, Grady O'Gara, Samantha Cheunkarndee, Blaise Harrison, Audrey La Jeunesse, Alfonso Hollingsworth, Caitlin Boothby, Jackson Thornborrow, Caitlin Gong, Ella Vo, Evelina Mitchell (missing Katherine Graham, Vivian Hung, Erin Sturdivant).


 

Piedmont Arts Fund Grants $65,000 to Piedmont Schools

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January, 2019

The Piedmont Arts Fund, formerly PAINTS (Promote Arts In The Schools) and CHIME and partners with PEF, presented the Piedmont Unified School Board with a check for $65,000 in grants to Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) for the 2018-19 academic year.

The Piedmont Arts Fund relies on donations through the Piedmont Store and through special events like the Big Art Show in March to support art education in all of the schools in the Piedmont Unified School District.

The grant presented supports art for K-12 students including supplies, music instruction, integrated art, lunchtime art, 2D and 3D art, ceramics, photography, graphic design, band, orchestra, acapella, choir, theater, dance, poetry, film and art books in the libraries. The breadth and depth of these offerings would be impossible to maintain without parent and community support.

The Big Art Show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts is open between March 16 and March 30th, 2019 with proceeds supporting the Arts throughout the Piedmont Unified School District.


 

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EVENTS CALENDAR

 

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Thu, May 9 | 7:30pm

Attend our last Board meeting at the Ordinaire (Ordinaire Wine Shop & Wine Bar, 3354 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610)! map.

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VOLUNTEER !

We are also looking for members to join our Committee.  If you or your children have an interest in music or the arts and want to get involved in PAF, please take a look around this site, and join us for our next meeting at the Piedmont Education Foundation Office. map

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