Dot Art jazzes up fundraising event

For the fourth year the Dorchester Community Center for the Arts (better known as Dot Art) will host its annual fund-raiser, the Snazzy Jazzy Arty Party. Next Saturday, June 20, the reunion/ charity celebration will be held in an elegant private home and garden at 11 Richview Street in Cedar Grove. Gary and Sarah Ciambrone will be welcome attendees from 6 to 10 p.m.

This year instead of a sit-down dinner there will be a tasty tapas-style buffet catered by local establishments like The Blarney Stone, Above and Beyond Catering, and Dot2Dot Café.

The evening’s keynote speaker will be arts advocate Klare Shaw, Senior Advisor for Education, Arts & Culture for the Barr Foundation. Shaw’s daughter who grew up taking classes at Dot Art is now in art school.

The well-received Aronow Music jazz quartet, who played at last year’s Arty Party, will be back again this June. Highlights of the event will include both a silent and a live auction.

Among the items up for bid are paintings and other art from Dot artists, a piece from Dark Horse Antiques, theater tickets for a fall production by the Actors’ Shakespeare Project and a pass for this October’s Theater Offensive’s Out on the Edge Theater Festival, home improvement services (carpentry and plumbing), accounting services and a Booth bay Harbor (Maine) weekend.

For the traditional participatory art activity, Dot Art ceramist Don Whitney will offer an on-the-spot pottery workshop, where folks can try their hand at wheel throwing, and/or purchase ceramics as they’re thrown by professionals.

Funds raised at this event will support Dot Art summer programs for youth 7-18 including a free one for ages 8 - 13 “Fantastical Zoo” at the Fields Corner Library (Tues. July 14 - Fri. July 17 from 2 - 4 pm). After exploring animals through books and other media, kids will use paper mache and paint to create sculptures of animals for their own artistic zoo.

Before June 17th: 1 ticket $65, 2 tickets $120. After June 17th: 1 ticket $75. 2 tickets $140. Consider buying and donating a ticket so that a Dot Art parent or volunteer who might not otherwise be able to attend can do so. Donations, made out to “Dot Art,” would also be greatly appreciated and may be sent to Dot Art’s new address: 18 Samoset St., Dorchester 02124

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