Art Show to Raise Funds for Environmental Causes

Your visit to the Cuyahoga Heights Schools’ Fall Art Show can help benefit the environment.  The show, to be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, November 12 in the Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School gym, will provide patrons an opportunity to vote for any of four organizations committed to conservation. Featured will be student artwork from all grade levels using any material or medium with an environmental theme.  The admission fee ($3) entitles each patron to three tickets which they may use to vote for the environmental cause or causes of their choosing.  At the end of the evening, money raised from the show will be donated to the organization with the most votes.

The featured organizations include:

  • World Wildlife Fund
  • American Forests(™)
  • Reef Restoration Foundation
  • California Community Foundation Wildlife Recovery Fund.

“All four of us are very interested in the environment and we felt this was a good way to get people involved and learn about these important causes,” said Holden Taylor, Cuyahoga Heights High School senior, and one of the event organizers.  “I volunteered at the zoo this summer and wanted to find ways to raise money for conservation,” said Taylor.  When the school year began, he talked with a few of his friends who he knew were also environmentally conscious.  They were immediately on board.  “We brought it to the attention of our Principal, Mr. Mike Janatovich, and he agreed to sponsor the event.” Taylor, along with classmates Lily Frank, Demitria Tsonton, and Brady Pinter, then worked with district art teachers John Shafer, Halle McPherson, and Kelly Orlando to coordinate the event. The students hope to attract about 50 student artists from all grade levels and are projecting about 150 patrons to attend.  “We hope to raise at least $500,” said Taylor.  

In addition to the show, the Art Club, which is sponsoring the event, will hold a bake sale and sell bottled water. Student speakers will present information on the represented organizations. There also will be craft tables for youngsters. For $1, students can participate in face painting/temporary tattoos, create sand art, and more. Cost for Admission is $3. Children age 4 and under are free. Masks are optional but are encouraged.

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