By Carrie Teegardin
The visual and performing arts departments at Maynard Jackson High School (MJHS) are preparing to present some remarkable live, in-person shows, after making it through a year of virtual events.
Two school musicals are in the works, a new show choir is preparing for its first-ever performance, the marching band is already bringing spirit to football games, and the school’s dancers are in rehearsals for their first show. The school’s visual artists are drawing and sculpting. The growing orchestra is practicing challenging new works, and the school’s singers are warming up for an amazing year of live vocal performance.
With so much talent among the students and teachers at the school, the Maynard Jackson High School Arts Boosters organization is upping its game so that MJHS can become a top school for the arts in metro Atlanta. The Boosters board wants everyone in our community to join the organization or purchase a business sponsorship to help elevate the school’s programs.
“We’re a community with a lot of creative, artistic people, and many of you got your start through your high school arts programs,” said Jeanne Fore, co-president of the MJHS Arts Boosters. “With a membership, you can help our local kids have the kind of wonderful experience you had in band, dance, orchestra, theater or your visual arts class. Being a part of one of these programs in high school is life-changing for many people.”
The Maynard Jackson High School Arts Boosters is a relatively new 501(c)(3) organization formed with the goal of promoting and advocating for arts education at the school, helping supply the school with resources needed for its programs, and assisting with contests and special events. Memberships and sponsorships are available at the Boosters’ new website: www.mjhsarts.org. The site includes an updated calendar with upcoming performances and events. Supporting the Arts Boosters can help with everything from buying costumes and dance shoes, to bringing in new sets, art supplies and countless other essentials.
“Research has found that the arts help unify communities and help us as individuals get beyond the boundaries that often separate us,” Fore said. Being part of an arts program as a student improves academic performance and lowers drop-out rates. “Our young high school students made it through a challenging pandemic and they’re excited to put on some fantastic shows,” she said. “Please join us in helping them achieve their dreams and support the programs that will pave the way for many of them to pursue careers in the arts.”