GRAPA’s primary source of income is through fund-raising endeavors. Events held in past years have included art festivals, which highlight students’ and artists’ work and provide a day of involvement for the entire family: jewelry and gift sales featuring a wide range of media with prices to fit every budget, and professional art exhibits with a gala reception and auction.
The proceeds from these events have enabled us to award scholarship monies to students pursuing art at the college level. We have also made donations of computer hardware, software, and teaching aides, as well as photographic and fine arts equipment to the middle and high school art departments. Included in our contributions, we have funded art technique enrichment programs and art supplies for the elementary school levels, as well as donating fine arts books to the township library for all to use.
GRAPA’s scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who are advancing their college education in a visual art form. Each year the number of students vying for scholarships vary from just a few to many, either way, students need to provide a portfolio of excellent work that shows their breadth of capabilities, understanding of design principles, and their own artistic voice. Students work throughout the year to develop their designs to meet this high caliber of expectations for their visual arts portfolio.
In April the annual Advanced Student Art Show held at the Women’s Club is the venue in which students showcase their work in a more professional setting to compete for these scholarships. The artwork displayed is of top quality and shows the students commitment to the arts. Local professional artists and art professors are recruited to judge the students’ work and assign the level of scholarship value.
The show is always impressive and gives the judges a moment of pause when they see the work provided. And since this is an annual event, many of the town’s people look forward to it and come out to show their support as well as enjoy the show.