Welcome to Friends of School of the Arts
A group of passionate not-for-profit Board members, called Friends of School of the Arts, focus their energies on responding to student needs at School of the Arts. The majority of these 1200 students are able to more fully participate in their arts education programs with financial support from Friends.
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.
Friends of School of the Arts Invests in Positive Student Outcomes
More Than a Thousand
City School Students Helped Last Year
Friends of School of the Arts Board President, Eileen Scardino announced that the non-profit organization invested a total of $20,092 to assist School of the Arts students during the 2011-2012 school year. The information was presented at Friends Annual Meeting which was held on August 29, 2012.
Friends 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 School of the Arts 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.
“For twenty years, Friends of School of the Arts has been a place where people throughout this community can invest in the future of Rochester by investing in the success of Rochester’s next generation,” said Friends President Eileen Scardino. “We're very grateful to our private donors and business and community partners for their support. Last year, we were able to provide funding which directly impacted 1,384 students. Many were helped with multiple projects and initiatives. This year we look forward to doing even more.”
Allen Memorial Performing Arts Scholarship Fund Announced for 2013
The Allen Memorial Performing Arts Scholarship in memory of Susan, Bud and Grace Allen was endowed to Friends of School of the Arts by Roberta (Bobbie) Allen, the daughter of Grace & Bud Allen, and Betsy A. Wilson, granddaughter of Grace & Bud Allen, in January of 2012. The fund will provide scholarships to needy and talented SOTA students entering college to study the performing arts (music, dance, drama, or theatre technology). This follows in Bud & Grace Allen’s tradition of supporting high school students with financial need who excel in the performing arts. The amount of the scholarship award is $1000.
Students' Achievements and Successes
School of the Arts students' success in the academics, arts and sports result, in part, from an arts-based education through which their creative energies are internalized so that preparation, practice and structure are a natural part of their future endeavors.