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March 8, 2011 > Friends of the Arts reception

Friends of the Arts reception

By Patsy Ledbetter

Friends of the Arts is an amazing opportunity for young artists to earn assistance and advance their artistic talents. Linda Charles, President, says that this influential group is celebrating 20 years at the California State University.

Their primary mission is to provide scholarships to students enrolled in music, theater, dance, English and fine arts within the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. They fund these scholarships in two ways, a fall letter campaign requesting donations for the scholarship fund and a special reception.

The reception is usually held in March, prior to a theater and dance performance. The group awards three $500 scholarships: one in theater and dance, one in music, and one in fine arts. This past year was the first time Friends of the Arts was able to give two $250 scholarships: one for literary writing and one for poetry. In addition, they will give grants and other awards to allow students an opportunity to engage in activities outside of the University.

In the past, grants have helped students attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Kennedy Center Regional Competitions. Friends of the Arts is also beginning to partner with local community arts organizations to promote attendance in all communities served by the University. Be sure to attend the College pre-show time reception. Special features of this reception include delicious wine, chocolate, cheese, fruit, coffee and tea, plus a silent auction. Among the auction items are two signed and framed theater posters, a magnum of wine and tickets to a local theater group.

Reception and showing of "A funny thing happened on the way to the forum."
Friday, March 11
Reception: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Show at 8:00 p.m.
Cal State University East Bay Theater
Robinson Hall, room 137
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward
(510) 885-3118
Tickets: $40

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