Outreaching for Fine Arts

Nathan Liewicki
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Renae Snyder, a Grade 11 student at Vanier Collegiate, plays an electric piano while singing A Great Big World's hit song "Say Something" during Vanier's Fine Arts Night on Friday. The annual event featured an array of student talent - from vocals to music to stand-up comedy. 

Relaxing night of entertainment at Vanier

There was music. There were vocals. There was even stand-up comedy.

Put it altogether and Vanier Collegiate’s Fine Arts Night on Friday was a smashing success.

“This was a night for people to be able to show off their individual and group talents in a laid back atmosphere,” Taryn Bakke, a Grade 11 student and a member of Vanier’s Outreach Team that organized the event.

Bakke told the Times-Herald the 11-person Outreach Team – nine students and two teachers – ‘spitballed’ ideas on how to improve the event formerly known as the Coffee House.

Some of the ideas the group came up with included opening the event up to students from other local schools and other community artists, as well as having displays of artworks available for purchase.

“It’s one of our biggest events of the year because people don’t always get a chance to perform,” said Bakke. “It might be the one of the few shows they get to play at unless they make it big.”

There were close to 100 people in attendance – anyone from students, parents and members of the community looking to enjoy a relaxing evening of music mixed with a few laughs.

Those in attendance were asked to bring a donation to the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank.

Last year the event raised about $1,000 for the school’s Feed the Children Brick by Brick Program for children in Sierra Leone.

According to Kenna Whelan, one of the teachers who are part of the Outreach Team, the goal Friday was to at least equal last year’s total in trying to continue chipping away at the $8,500 goal Vanier previously set.

“They identify projects they want to aid,” Whelan said of the students who are part of the Outreach Team. “They start locally then look nationally as well as internationally on ways they can make a difference.”

Whelan added that the charities the Outreach Team works to help donate funds to also changes every year. 

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Times-Herald, Coffee House, Moose Jaw and District Food Bank

Geographic location: Sierra Leone

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