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COVID-19 UPDATE

This is a time of unprecedented disruption due to the Coronavirus and social distancing precautions that have caused our school to be closed and school activities to be transitioned to on-line learning. We know that this health and economic crisis is generating great deal of uncertainty and hardship for our school community, and the need to pull together and support each other may be greater than ever. Friends of SOTA wants to let our teachers, staff and students know that we are still here for you.  We will continue to find ways to meet unmet student and staff needs in any way that we can. 

  • Our Staff Allocation Request Process is still operational. 
  • We have modified our Scholarship Applications process to make it easier for students to submit their applications online and have extended the application deadline to May 1st.
  • If there are additional needs or opportunities for Friends of SOTA to provide support to our community, we ask you to reach out to us with your suggestions.

Please, continue to practice the social distancing measures that will help to slow the spread of this disease and preserve our community’s ability to care for those impacted.  Take care of yourselves and each other.  And know that we’ll get through this, together.

WHO WE ARE

Friends of School of the Arts is a charitable, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports the school’s mission by providing financial support and guidance to promote the academic, artistic and humanistic success of School of the Arts’ students. Friends of SOTA fills in the gaps with community support to promote positive outcomes for School of the Arts students by supporting everything from college and career prep, to student performances and master classes, to scholarships and personal needs.

Fundraising events and grants are the primary source of funding. Friends invites our students, families and the broader community to learn more about its work. Please consider making a donation and join Friends in making student success our mutual goal.

Dancer jumping into the air with a back bend
Photo courtesy Ken Riemer Photography

Together We Are Better!

A Letter from the Co-Presidents, Friends of School of the Arts

Dear School of the Arts Patron,

Welcome! Each fall, the SOTA Community eagerly awaits the opening of another performance and Visual Arts season, and this year is no exception. Friends of SOTA is committed to our support of SOTA students because we do believe that together we are better!

Friends of SOTA exists to ensure that need never limits opportunity and to assist School of the Arts in their commitment to the academic, artistic and humanistic success of the students. We offer assistance in providing the tools and supplies necessary for them to express their talents.  We supply everything from musical instruments to cameras, fishing poles to dance shoes, and lab equipment to modeling clay.  To take it a step beyond, Friends helps propel students toward their dreams by awarding annual scholarships for them to continue their education, and create their own path forward.

In the spirit of true community, Friends of SOTA relies on a network of “friends” like you to get these important jobs done.  When we all pitch in, even modest contributions go a long way. If you are already a Friend of SOTA, thank you!  And, if you haven’t yet had a chance to get to know us, we invite you to say hello at intermission or after the show.  We want you to be part of the vibrant Friends of SOTA network that works so hard to help our students succeed. Now we invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

With gratitude,

Danita Djeloski and Andrea Gregoire, Co-Presidents