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.


Sheryl Maas & Lisa Runyon, 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
In the lobby of the Winspear Opera House (AT&T Performing Arts Center), 2403 Flora Street
brought to you by Neiman Marcus

Booker T Washington Student Performances
At Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 2501 Flora Street
Brought to you by Jenny & John Kirtland, Theater sponsored by Annonymous Proud Booker T. Parents and Concessions brought to you by City Electric Supply

Patron After Party
At Dee Lincoln's Bubble Bar, 2101 Cedar Springs Road
sponsored by Classic BMW and Music by DJ Lucy Wrubel


Date: Friday, May 9th
Pre-Show Cocktails - 6:30 to 7:45pm
Booker T Washington Student Performances - 8:00 to 9:30pm
Patron Afterparty - 9:45pm

Underwriting and Sponsorship Opportunities from $2,500 to $25,000. 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.

  • 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.

host committee

Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum
Lael and Peter Brodsky
Nancy and Clint Carlson
Claire Davis
Janelle and Larry Friedman
Julie Hawes
Brooke Hortenstine
Jennifer and Tom Karol
Matrice and Ron Kirk
Jenny and John Kirtland

Muffin and John Lemak
Sheryl and Eric Maas
Erin Mathews/David Nichols
- - Mathews Nichols Group
Pam and Carter Meyer
Nicole Musselman
Selwyn Rayzor and Rich Moses
Cindy and Howard Rachofsky

Katherine and Eric Reeves
Stephanie and John Roberts
Lisa and John Runyon
Leisa Street
Margaret and Glenn Solomon
Dr. Naheed Shahid and Dr. Venkat Sethuraman
Lucy and Steve Wrubel
Sharon and Michael Young