what

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.

who

Courtney and Jeff Sinelli, 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.

where

Pre-Show Cocktails
Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, 9th Floor at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2400 Flora Street
Brought to you by Neiman Marcus

Booker T. Washington Student Showcase
At The Montgomery Arts Theater at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 2501 Flora Street
Brought to you by Highland Park Village, Concessions brought to you by 400 Record

when

Date: Friday, April 28th, 2016
Pre-Show Cocktails - 6:30 to 7:45pm
Booker T. Washington Student Showcase - 8:00 to 9:30pm

Underwriting and Sponsorship Opportunities from $2,500 to $25,000. Tickets for $125 and $250 (limited availability).

notable

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Students come from all 67 zip codes in Dallas, creating an ethnically rich, as well as talented and accomplished, student body.
  • 100% of the school's students graduate and over 94% of the graduates matriculate to higher education.