Please donate to CAPA and support the arts at WHS

Creative Arts Parent Association
Working together to help support all the arts at Wayland High School

Does your child participate in music, theater, dance, or visual arts at Wayland High School? Would you like to help promote the arts and fund grants for enrichment, special opportunities, classes, field trips, Fine Arts Jackets and Fine Arts Awards Night, and supplies that aren’t covered by the school budget?

The Creative Arts Parent Association (CAPA) is the only volunteer parents’ group committed solely to supporting and promoting the visual and performing arts at WHS. While we may be best known for producing the beloved College A Cappella concerts every fall and spring, our core mission is to fund innovative programs through grants that benefit over 500 students in our arts classes and extracurricular groups, including over $20,000 in grants over the past three years going to:

  • Master classes and field trips
  • New keyboards, a music workstation, amplifiers, guitars and an electric violin
  • High-quality art supplies for sculpture, metalwork, calligraphy and other classroom art projects
  • Registration fees, transportation, and scholarships for music festivals and All State
  • Art hanging system for exhibitions at the high school
  • Fine Arts varsity-style jackets and hosting Fine Arts Night for student awards

Won’t you help us keep WHS arts programs vibrant with your tax-deductible donation? In lieu of a letter mailing this year, we are going green and asking you to consider supporting CAPA with an online donation. Any amount is appreciated; but we are offering those who donate $100 or more by December 31, 2016 a complimentary pair of tickets to our Spring College A Cappella concert (a $36 value). Please make your convenient, secure online donation at whsarts.com/donate. All of your donation goes directly to supporting CAPA!!

Kathryn Welter, President; Cindy Lewis, Vice-President
Andrea Case, Kirsten Robinson, Kim Reichelt and Barb Renterghem, CAPA Board

Free tickets to the Spring College A Cappella concert

Does your child participate in music, theater, dance, or visual arts at Wayland High School? Would you like to help promote the arts and fund grants for enrichment, special opportunities, classes, field trips, Fine Arts Jackets and Fine Arts Awards Night, and supplies that aren’t covered by the school budget? Would you like free tickets to the spring College A Cappella concert?

Won’t you help the Creative Arts Parent Association keep WHS arts programs vibrant with your tax-deductible donation?

Any amount is appreciated, but we are offering those who donate $100 or more by December 31, 2015 a complimentary pair of tickets to our Spring College A Cappella concert (a $36 value). All of your donation goes directly to supporting CAPA.

We have two ways to donate:

Make a secure donation online:

 

Or mail a check: Print the donation form.

The Creative Arts Parent Association (CAPA) is the only volunteer parents’ group committed solely to supporting and promoting the visual and performing arts at WHS. While we may be best known for producing the beloved College A Cappella concerts every fall and spring, our core mission is to fund innovative programs through grants that benefit over 500 students in our arts classes and extracurricular groups, including over $20,000 in grants over the past three years going to:

  • Master classes and field trips
  • New keyboards, a music workstation, amplifiers, guitars and an electric violin
  • High-quality art supplies for sculpture, metalwork, calligraphy and other classroom art projects
  • Registration fees, transportation, and scholarships for music festivals and All State
  • Art hanging system for exhibitions at the high school
  • Fine Arts varsity-style jackets and hosting Fine Arts Night for student awards

Thank you! Your contribution helps keep quality fine arts programming alive at Wayland High School.

Cindy Lewis and Kathryn Welter, CAPA Co-Presidents
Kirsten Robinson, Deb Cohen, Kim Reichelt and Jen Apazidis, CAPA Board

Grants for WHS Fine Arts Program

The Creative Arts Parent Association (CAPA), the only volunteer parents’ group committed solely to supporting and promoting the visual and performing arts at Wayland High School, announced its grant awards for this school year:

  • Master classes
  • Scholarships for music and art festivals (Senior Districts, Art and Music All-State)
  • Fine Arts Night
  • Fine Arts varsity-style jackets
  • Art supplies: materials for glass projects, paint and matte board (so that the students can learn how to mat their own artwork)
  • Guitar amplifier for jazz bands
  • Conductor’s stand
  • Piano bench and cover to keep the grand piano on the Main Stage in top condition
  • Keyboard amplifier
  • Korg electronic keyboard workstations – to start building a new Music Technology Lab to be used with the Apple computers
  • Display cables for the visual arts, so that more student artwork can be displayed at WHS and around town (library and Town Building exhibitions)
  • Calligraphy supplies and fabric/notions for visual arts projects
  • Jazz keyboard case
  • Three Yamaha guitars and supplies
  • Microphone and USB port for listening lab

Three years ago, CAPA approved the following funding guidelines and has been using them ever since to evaluate grant proposals:

  • CAPA expenditures support students and teachers in the WHS Fine Arts Department.
  • CAPA funds should be fairly distributed across all disciplines (band, choral groups, orchestra, theater arts, dance and the visual arts) over time.
  • CAPA supports creative initiatives / beyond-the-curriculum programs.
  • CAPA funds should benefit as many students as possible.
  • CAPA supports items that are outside the regular school operating budget; however, from time to time, CAPA will consider supporting items within the school operating budget.

Our main fundraisers are the college a cappella concerts, as well as the bottle and can drives. CAPA also sends out a mailer in the fall and accepts ongoing online donations.

CAPA sends out a very sincere THANK YOU to everyone who contributes to our efforts to keep the arts alive and well at WHS: by attending our a cappella concerts, bringing your recyclables to our Bottle and Can drives, sending in donations, and volunteering your time for CAPA events, fundraisers, and ongoing administration. We would also like to thank the fine arts teachers for their passion and dedication to our students.

Jazz Project Master Class

Joe Oneschuk sent in this photo of Berklee Guitar Professor Claudio Ragazzi teaching a master class for the Jazz Project. Master classes are just one of the ways CAPA supports the arts at WHS.

Berklee Guitar Professor Claudio Ragazzi in WHS Masterclass with Jazz Project
Berklee Guitar Professor Claudio Ragazzi in WHS Masterclass with Jazz Project

CAPA Announces Fall Grant Awards

At our meeting on October 4, CAPA voted to fund the following grants for the fall:

  • Additional tools for the metalworking class
  • Art field trip: a docent-led tour of the Worcester Art Museum
  • Pbone: a fun, colorful, great-sounding plastic trombone for the band
There will be another round of grant funding to support the arts at WHS in the spring.

CAPA Announces Spring Grant Awards

At the CAPA meeting on April 5, we unanimously approved and awarded the following fine arts grants for this spring:

  • Band banner for use in parades, to show new band logo designed by students
  • Theater choreography to assist with FAME production
  • Art Metalworks class basic equipment – partial funding

CAPA to fund master classes

CAPA is funding or has funded master classes with the following teachers:

  • David Lang, studio artist from Natick (http://www.davidlangstudios.com/) will work with visual arts students.
  • Steve Laven, Wayland cellist, teacher and composer will work with the cello choir, focusing on Steve’s arrangement of Beatles tunes for the Spring Orchestra Concert
  • Brian O’Connell, retired music educator, vocal clinician/adjudicator will work with the chorus.
  • Cynthia Meyers, Wayland resident and principal piccolo player for the Boston Symphony, worked with the Wind Ensemble flutes on Gustav Holst’s The Planets and tips on switching from flute to piccolo.  She will be coming in again to work with the concert band flutes.
  • Scott Crago, drummer for the Eagles, came in three different days and set up the new WHS drum set.  He custom tuned the set and added some of his own personal recording studio patented devices.  He will also be coming in to coach the jazz groups, speak to the new songwriting class, and is helping to set up a field trip to the Berklee College of Music to meet with the Dean of the Recording Engineering department for the new songwriting class.
  • Mike Ambrozewski has set up the new WHS timpani and mallet percussion and tuned snares, toms, and bass drums. He will also be coming in to coach our concert band percussion on a special percussion feature entitled “Oddysey For percussion” by Elliot Del Borgo.  He will also coach the wind ensemble percussion.
  • Ian Carrol, local professional saxophone teacher and player, will be coming in to coach the saxophones at Wayland High and provide general woodwind tips.

In addition, Joe Oneschuk noted that he is still working on getting a low brass specialist to coach the low brass players and focus on breathing/sound technique.

CAPA announces funding grants

CAPA is pleased to announce that we have funded the following grants to support the arts:

  • Two art carts to help visual arts faculty transport art equipment
  • A specially equipped laptop to manage lighting and effects for performing arts
  • Assist with purchasing a new bassoon, percussion mallets and sticks for the band program
  • An upgrade to Finale music composition software
  • Professional development sessions to help faculty make best use of new music technology

The total of all grants awarded is $4457.70, all made possible through CAPA fundraising activities. You can help support future grant awards by making a donation.