OAKHURST — Over the last 24 years, local nonprofit Vision Academy of the Arts has awarded more than $160,000 to a total of 130 graduating Eastern Madera County high school seniors in the area, as part of the nonprofit’s dedication to enrichment in education through the arts.
Now, Vision Academy of the Arts invites to the community to come out in support of their ongoing efforts to lift up area youth, as the annual Showcase of Talent takes place on Mar. 17. The entertaining event will be held in the multipurpose room at Oakhurst Elementary School from 6 – 9 p.m.
The evening of great food, friends, and fundraising will include performances by 2018 scholarship applicants from the graduating class of 2018.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by any student who has applied or will be applying for an award, and also at the door. The cost is $15, dinner included.
Among the attractions, in addition to live entertainment: a live and silent auction, and the famous balloon sales with each $10 envelope held aloft containing at least a ten dollar value in gift cards. Come hungry, says organizer and Vision visionary Sheila Adams. North Fork resident Nancy Kipp will be on site, graciously serving Indian Tacos included in the cost to enter the event.
Last year’s recipients of Vision Academy community awards scholarships were Jamie Hellwig, Thomas Lazar, and Katie Thompson.
Vision Academy of the Arts was formed in 1994 with four workshops and has grown to include concerts, summer camp, annual daffodil planting, and more. They provide scholarships for students in pursuit of arts, teach classes for children and adults, perform concerts and musical events, and volunteer for community events. With accomplished professionals instructors, students range from novice to seasoned.
Vision Academy is made up entirely of community volunteers. Jackie Byers, Sheila Adams, Kent Byers, and a dedicated Board of Directors comprise the leadership of Vision Academy. They also rely on the talents of community members who teach classes and help run the summer camp, along with high school students who mentor the younger campers. Sierra Chamber Singers choir and its offshoot, Sierra Chamber Maids, both operate under the umbrella of Vision Academy of the Arts. An eclectic classical chamber group is in the works.
The Vision Academy message is, “Your star shining softly on its own, but brightly when shared with others.”
Come support the people who support our kids and schools.