All the Arts Auction Raises $50,000 for Art in Schools

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Artist Katherine England’s five-foot mosaic heart was purchased by the Tico Family. The popular annual All the Hearts sculpture idea was launched by Fullerton School District Art Coordinator and founding president of the All the Arts for all the Kids Foundation Lauralyn Eschner and artist Katherine England.

Artist Katherine England’s five-foot mosaic heart was purchased by the Tico Family. The popular annual All the Hearts sculpture idea was launched by Fullerton School District Art Coordinator and founding president of the All the Arts for all the Kids Foundation Lauralyn Eschner and artist Katherine England.

The All the Arts Foundation had a hugely successful Art Auction on Saturday, November 8th. Over 600 patrons came to bid on original art, hearts, gift certificates, and more! Every year this auction raises the much-needed funds to continue lessons in art, music, dance, and theatre that reach every child in the Fullerton School District. Funds raised also support the “All the Arts” mosaics club, an instrumental music program, and a string orchestra, along with the Arts Learning and Activities bus (Arts LAB) that teaches students to write, video, and edit original films using the latest Apple software and computers. This year’s Art Auction XXI raised over $50,000 for these programs, thanks to the dedicated community members who not only continue to come to the auction, but also share the foundation’s dedication to the arts.

Highlights of the event included: Three 5-foot tall mosaic hearts selling to members of our community; a bidding war over a Duck’s hockey jersey signed by every player; great bids on the 18-inch artist-created hearts; incredible opportunity baskets donated by businesses; delicious wine from Twisted Vine; deletable food donated by local food vendors; and the greatest turnout of guests ever!

The gala was a huge success and  the ambiance was inviting as always with an enormous tent, twinkling lights, food, entertainment, and even a welcoming evening breeze. Thanks to a   partnership with the Fullerton Museum Center the foundation continues to host the event at the museum plaza on E. Wilshire. Make sure to check out allthearts.org for information on the All the Arts Foundation and next year’s auction!

Over 250 pieces of original art, from brooches and jewelry to paintings and ceramics, were donated by artists. More than 150 local volunteers gave their time to help set up, run, and close the event. Fullerton is one of the only cities in the US with a program dedicated to arts education like “All the Arts.” Research has shown that creativity is critical for success in the 21st century and that it is developed through an outstanding arts education. This makes it even more imperative that we commit ourselves to the All the Arts Foundation’s cause The non-profit All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation is a model for what is possible when you have a vision and a community committed to giving our elementary students an essential hands-on experience of the arts.