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Community School of the Arts' Halloween fundraiser to benefit children in need

September 15, 2015

The Community School of the Arts at Indiana State University is hosting its first annual Harvest Scream Halloween Fundraiser party Oct. 30 to raise money for children to attend the organization's summer arts programs.

The '70s and '80s retro dance party themed fundraiser at the Red Barn, 5001 Poplar St., is open to ages 18 and older to support the artistic education and expression of young children.

"Art programs help children's self-esteem and boosts their confidence," said Petra Nyendick, director of the Community School of the Arts. "These classes assist them in developing creative problem-solving skills; essential tools that are used throughout daily life."

The Community School of the Arts is the only comprehensive arts educational outreach of its kind in Indiana and one of a very few in the United States, providing residents of the Wabash Valley the opportunity to participate in non-credit classes in music, dance, theater and visual art. The organization offers more than 44 summer classes for children. Classes range from ceramics to African drumming to theater.

The Halloween party begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature music by DJ Thomas, door prizes, a raffle and catering and cash bar by The Butler's Pantry Food Co. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Bought in quantities of 20 or more, the ticket price is $20. This event will offer adults an opportunity to dress up in their best Halloween costumes and have fun for a good cause.

Prior to the fundraising event, the Community School of the Arts is offering an opportunity for youngsters to enjoy themselves, too. Children will be able to participle in mask making, a cake walk, a photo opportunity and free candy. The children's portion is free and will be held 5:30-7 p.m. at the Red Barn.

"As funding for arts programming is being cut nationwide, there is an increasing need for quality arts education. Often, children are not exposed to the arts at school and due to financial circumstances, children and teens from low-income families are at greatest risk to be excluded from arts programming offered at institutions and centers outside the public school system," Nyendick said.

Last summer, the Community School of the Arts awarded $2,500 in scholarships to children who wanted to attend a music, theater, dance or visual art class. Assistance was awarded to students who receive free or reduced-lunch plans at school.

To purchase tickets for the Halloween fundraiser, call 812-237-2528 or go to


Photo: -- Promotional poster

Contact: Petra Nyendick, director of the Community School of the Arts, Indiana State University, 812-841-2884 or

Writer: Jamina Tribbett, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3773 or