Saturday, February 27 | 8:00pm
Open Grounds | $18 | Cocktail Attire
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Head to OpenGrounds on February 27 to support student artists in an evening of fundraising and revelry. ALL proceeds of this inaugural event will benefit SIX up and coming student arts organizations and creative projects, and we want YOU to decide which project(s) you want to support. Visit our website to learn more about our mission and beneficiaries, get a taste of the fun in store, and purchase tickets. See you there!
Our Mission: Recognizing that the UVArts are vital to the student experience here on Grounds, the first-ever Arts Grounds Benefit Gala seeks to accomplish a three-fold mission:
- Support up-and-coming student organizations and projects in creative fields that add to the cultural vitality of the University. This inaugural event will benefit 6 fascinating examples of student work: Art Embassy, Flight of the Finch, The Autism Theatre Project, Come On, Bet!, the Cavalier Symphony Orchestra, and the Paul Robeson Players. Learn more about them below!
- Reanimate the concept of student fundraising. Purchasing an event ticket is always more fun when you know the proceeds will benefit your University. We want to take that fun(d) one step further and let YOU decide where your money goes. Learn about the 6 beneficiaries here on this site, interact with them at the gala, and decide which project or projects you most want to benefit. Divide up your $18 gift or give it all to one. It’s completely up to YOU!
- Give UVA students an enjoyable and affordable gala experience. You’re giving back, and we want to reward you for it. Indulge at the dessert bar, get creative with the community art projects, listen to live musical entertainments, and peruse the student art gallery. Delightful surprises guaranteed.
The 2016 Student Beneficiaries
Flight of the Finch
Flight of the Finch is an independent short film that plays with the dichotomies between love and hate, passion and anger, good and evil, and how they’re all intertwined within people. It’s a journey into the psyche of the killer, and the lover, the protagonist and the villain. It confronts concepts of human nostalgia, regret, and desire to go back to a shinier past, a happier place.
Cavalier Symphony Orchestra
Cavalier Symphony Orchestra is an all-inclusive, non-audition full orchestra. Open to all musicians and providing a home to incoming students wishing to continue music casually from high school band or orchestra, CSO fills a recreational and social niche in UVA’s musical community. Per UVA’s tradition of student self-governance, the CSO is run by a student-comprised executive board, all players vote on pieces to perform, which range from classical to contemporary, and student conductors from around grounds are given the opportunity to conduct at every semesterly concert.
Come On, Bet!
Welcome to Sibet Partee’s collegiate podcasting experiment! Listen as she interviews the creatives she encounters throughout her years as a college student. So far, she has spoken with students, professors, artists, and friends about their childhood, art, insecurities, relationships, spirituality…The possibilities are endless!
The Autism Theatre Project
The Autism Theatre Project partners with Charlottesville-area theaters to provide positive theater-going experiences for people with sensory challenges and their families. After a successful inaugural production last fall, two autism-friendly performances are being planned for this April.
Art Embassy is the first international art organization to use the power of social media to bring together more then 20 different cultures, including artists, critics, collectors, curators, and most of all, art lovers. So far, our community comprises emerging artists from Pakistan, Mongolia, Nigeria, Japan, Syria, France, Georgia, Indonesia, Italy, Switzerland, Korea, Lithuania, Belgium, and Nigeria. We provide a nurturing environment for artists, which challenges their visions by confronting new cultures.
Paul Robeson Players
Paul Robeson Players is an independent student organization grounded in African and African-American theater traditions. We are committed to social activism through performance for and about peoples of the African Diaspora.