Local arts fundraiser moves to the Student Union

By Giordan Gallacci - Staff Reporter

A local arts fundraiser is moving to the Student Union this fall and some of the principal beneficiaries will be High- line students.

On Sept. 28, the Des Moines Legacy Foundation will host its fifth annual Arts Gala on Poverty Bay to raise money for scholarships and people in the community.

The gala will support student artists, professional artists, and the general community through several different activities and sales. The Legacy Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to build community through philanthropy.

Some of the arts projects supported by Legacy include Keys to Change, a scholarship program for low-income students to learn string instruments and the Arts on Poverty Bay project that leases and procures public art around Des Moines.

The group's most recent addition was Marinascope, a 10- foot tall, recycled navigational buoy that was pockmarked with various fused glass panels. The piece was created by internationally renowned artist George C. Scott. The sculpture is in the South Marina near Anthony's HomePort Restaurant.

"The goal of the gala is to support the student artists who

enter to try and win scholar- ships as well as artists from around the Northwest who are trying to make money. Fifty percent of the final sale price of each piece goes back to the artist," said Legacy Vice President Patricia Clark.

"There are also no paid employees. Everyone who works with [Legacy] is a volunteer, so the money is all going towards something to better the com- munity," Clark said.

Legacy also supports eco- nomic development through the arts.

The first part of the event will be an open art sale. The art will be categorized into the professional and emerging artists (Highline students between ages 16 and 26). If you are a Highline student looking to enter, updated forms will be post- ed to the Legacy Foundation website soon at Desmoineslegacy.org.

The next part of the event will be a live auction. A portion of the net proceeds will go to students at Highline looking to further their educations in the arts fields.

Finally, there will be an artist at the gala, creating a piece on site to be auctioned. There will be wine, and appetizers included.

"Tickets are $50 a piece on- line or at the door. Artists who enter also get two free tickets to bring whoever they want," Clark said.

"It isn't formal either. If you are wearing clothes, it doesn't matter," Clark said.

If you are looking to sponsor the event, you will also receive free tickets. For every $50 that a sponsor puts forward, they will receive one ticket.

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