An annual Performing Arts Festival/Fundraiser showcasing and celebrating Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts smack dab in the heart of the Arts District. This is a unique event that embodies and reflects all of the infectious energy that is uniquely Arts Magnet.
Brian Bolke & Faisal Halum, Event Co-Chairs
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Advisory Board and Host Committee
Attendees include the Dallas Arts Community philanthropists, artists, neighbors, arts lovers, arts education advocates, public education ambassadors, Booker T. students, faculty and administration.
Pre Show Cocktails, sponsored by Neiman Marcus, at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora Street Performance at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 2501 Flora Street Patron After Party, sponsored by The Joule Hotel, at The Joule Hotel Pool, 1530 Main Street
Date: Friday, May 10th at 6:30pm
Underwriting and Sponsorship Opportunities from $1,000 to $35,000. Tickets for $125, $250 and $500 (limited availability).
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts provides a haven for creative students in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The Advisory Board is a private non-profit organization, founded in 1976, to build bridges between the school, professional arts organizations, and the broader community.
The Advisory Board's mission is to advance Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and provide opportunities and experiences for students and faculty in the pursuit of excellence in the arts and academics. The Advisory Board stands in the gap to provide whatever is necessary for Booker T. students to fulfill their highest and best potential.
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA) is a public school that works. Built in 1922 as Dallas' first African-American high school, BTW became the Arts Magnet High School in 1976, with a mission to teach a comprehensive curriculum in academics and the arts. Four departmental areas focus on music, dance, theater, and visual arts, while all students must complete the required courses mandated under Texas state education standards. 99.4% of the school's students graduate and over 90% of the graduates matriculate to higher education.
- Booker T. is recognized as one of the top three public arts high schools in the country, where students distinguish themselves both academically and artistically.
- Booker T. has been named one of the best eight magnet schools in the country by the U.S. Department of Education; one of the best academic schools in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine; and one of the top performing arts schools in the U.S. by U.S News and World Report for three years in a row.
- Booker T. has had more Presidential Scholars than any school in the U.S.
- Students come from all 67 zip codes in Dallas, creating an ethnically rich, as well as talented and accomplished, student body.
- The school's dual emphasis on arts and academics consistently produces a stellar list of graduates. Among those are Grammy winners Erykah Badu, Norah Jones and Roy Hargrove. Other notable alums include dancer Jay Franke, Philadelphia Orchestra cellist John Koen, visual artists Christian Schumann and Chris Arnold, actress Elizabeth Mitchell, and singer Edie Brickell.
- 99.4% of the school's students graduate and over 90% of the graduates matriculate to higher education.
Jacqueline and Maxwell Anderson
Meredith Musselman and Will Armstrong
Angela Betasso and Jenny Walts
Kary and Eduardo Brittingham
Lael and Peter Brodsky
Becky and Ken Bruder
Lucilo Pena and Lee Cobb
Ellen and Jamie Copaken
Suzanne and David Droese
Ceron and Todd Fiscus
John Sughrue and Marlene Fogarty
Kim and Danny Garrett
Jodi and John Harris
Kristie Ramirez and Tom Hoitsma
Gonzalo Bueno and Michael McCray
Bradley Agather and Coley Means
Lisa and Wayne Moore
Gabrielle and John de Papp
Janelle and Alden Pinnell
Cindy and Howard Rachofsky
Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner
Lucy and Steve Wrubel