MHS glass art program closer to reality after benefit dinner April 4
The proposed Marshall High School glass art program took a leap towards becoming reality Saturday, April 4, when a benefit dinner in Arrow Rock brought in more than $11,000 in ticket sales and proceeds from art auctions.
MHS art teacher and glass artist Shawn Harris, the leader of the effort to raise enough money to build a glass art studio and develop programs to teach the craft, said he was happy with the result of the benefit.
"I feel the dinner and auction were very successful," he said. More than 85 percent of the available tickets for the event were sold, and auctions of donated artwork brought in additional revenue.
"We had a great attendance, excellent food and fantastic art," Harris said. "Everyone had a great time."
The program listed 39 contributors to the project, including cash and in-kind donations.
About $66,000 has been pledged or collected at this point, according to Harris, putting the project about $11,000 shy of the amount needed to build a facility.
The $77,000 estimate of construction costs is based on consultation with contractors last summer, Harris said. He plans to meet with district administrators and discuss the next step in the process.
"My goal is to get the construction started this summer," he said, but noted that construction won't proceed until enough money has been raised to cover the cost.
The school board has expressed support for the project, but because of tight budgets this year and next, the board has not committed any money for development of the facility.
Harris pledged to raise the needed money.
"The district has indicated to me that nothing will be done until every needed penny is collected. I'm crossing my fingers we can do that," Harris said.
He said he expects to organize more fundraisers in the future, though details have not yet been worked out.