Last Saturday, Feb. 1, artists and community members gathered in the Noel Fine Arts Center to support student artists and performers at Arts Bash 2014.
With nearly 20 performances and demonstrations throughout the evening, guests were able to interact with University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students from both the Theatre and Dance and Art and Design departments as they displayed and performed their recent works.
Senior art major Allen Schroeder donated a few of his landscape paintings to the Carlsten Gallery sale. Because all of the proceeds from the event are used to fund student scholarships, Schroeder didn’t mind donating.
“The sale is beneficial to the departments because it goes into the scholarship funds. It’s nice to help people that aren’t able to afford an education,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder hoped to be successful in selling his work during his second appearance at Arts Bash.
According to Schroeder, the event gave UWSP students, faculty, and other community members the opportunity to experience their colleague’s work that they maybe hadn’t been exposed to previously. Junior musical theater major Abbey Immer said, “Arts Bash brings us all together. I’ve never been in the gallery before, so I finally got to see it.”
Immer, who played Carrie in Carousel this past November, performed with the rest of the cast in various musical numbers throughout the evening, including “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “Mr. Snow/When the Children Are Asleep,” and “A Real Nice Clambake.”
Approximately 100 students are involved in the event each year, whether it be through performances, art donations, lighting and stage assistance, or art and design demonstrations. Each year, the Dean’s office recruits three or four student interns to help in event planning and organizing.
“Students make the event possible,” said Bobbie Erwin marketing specialist for the College of Fine Arts & Communication.
Alumna of the Theatre and Dance Department and former “Survivor” star Andrea Boehlke helped host the event.
“I’m honored to be back,” Boehlke said.
Boehlke graduated with a BFA in acting and believes the Art and Design, and Theatre and Dance departments would suffer without the help of generous donors.
“Since the first Arts Bash in 2003, the event has raised nearly $300,000 in scholarships for students,” Boehlke said.
Arts Bash is the biggest fundraiser for student scholarships in these departments. According to Erwin, it is too early to report final fundraising numbers, but she estimates that about $35,000 was raised this year for scholarships.
“Half of that money goes to scholarship awards this spring and the other half goes to an endowment fund, which will enable the event to live long after it is no longer held by awarding scholarships from the endowment’s earnings each year,” Erwin said.
As the biggest event of the year for the Theatre and Dance and Art and Design departments, Arts Bash 2014 was more than impressive.