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Suttons Bay Public Schools
The Suttons Bay Public Schools is a progressive district situated on the eastern edge of Leelanau County between Lake Leelanau and Grand Traverse Bay. Collage is an evening showcasing many student arts groups like jazz band, drama, small ensembles, photography exhibit, video animation presentation and visual arts displays.
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Friends of Fine Arts at Suttons Bay Schools (FOFA) was formed in 2000 by a small group of parents, teachers and community members who wished to promote the arts in our schools, to:

  • Encourage, recognize and support student achievement in the fine arts through events like “Collage”
  • Support existing visual arts, band, choir and drama programs in any way possible, such as providing local publicity for events, and raising money for uniforms, instruments and art supplies
  • Secure, through fund-raising or other projects, extra materials and educational opportunities that are not otherwise provided by the school budget
  • Encourage and develop a close relationship between students, educators, parents and the community regarding the fine arts 

FOFA presently underwrites the following fine arts opportunities with help from the Suttons Bay Art Festival, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and donors like you:

  • Violin Exploration, run by Jan Ostrowski and Kaylie Hutcheon, gives all 3rd and 4th graders a chance to experiment with the violin a few months during the spring and give an on-stage concert to parents.
  • “Collage” an evening showcasing many student arts groups like jazz band, drama, small ensembles, photography exhibit, video animation presentation and visual arts displays from K-12 students.  This year’s 13th annual event will be Friday, May 9th, 2014.
  • Special In-School Performances for students in the auditorium by outstanding musical or theatrical groups from the area or from the Dennos Museum Series, or Michigan Humanities Touring programs.
  • Band Student Mentoring is a program underwritten by FOFA and the Suttons Bay Art Festival to bring in experienced instrumentalists to work with all levels of band students on technique and intonation.  This is the mentorship program’s 8th year.
  • Scholarships for students to attend various fine arts programs including the “Young Americans” who will return to work with our school in the fall of 2013.