Davidson Fine Arts School's founding principal, Beverly J. Barnhart, will be among those honored at the annual Jimmie Dyess Symposium presented by the Augusta Museum of History. Barnhart will receive the Symposium's Distinguished American Award for her work in Richmond County education at the event on Thursday, January 5, 2017.
"The symposium was created and developed to recognize Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Dyess's courage as both a citizen and a soldier of the United States and to identify others who have shown similar valor or made civic contributions above and beyond the call of duty."
DFA Alumni Association will share attendance information as the event nears. Mark your calendars now!
Congratulations, Mrs. Barnhart and those who have supported her and contributed to her, and DFA's, success.
Photo credit: Augusta Chronicle
The 31st graduating class of Davidson Fine Arts School has successfully wrapped their senior year and DFAAA is excited to welcome them to their final class – the Alumni Class! We’re working on a post highlighting all of DFA’s awards and accolades for the 2015 – 2016 school year. However, we’re certain that nothing will top the combined lifetime achievements of our 96 graduates.
Our 2016 Valedictorian is Tristin Nguyen-Tu who was also named Richmond County’s 2016 STAR Student with his STAR Teacher Mr. Everett Cannady. Tristin plans to study biology (pre-med) at University of Georgia. Our 2016 Salutatorian is Rebecca Wang who plans to attend Johns Hopkins University’s neuroscience program. We are also excited to announce that 58 of the 96 students achieved honors (+ Honor Graduate)!
Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
Only DFA can pack more bang and wallop into 18 hours than you normally see at midnight at New Year!
Saturday, May 7 kicked off with a packed house before 9 a.m. at the Beverly Barnhart Theatre. This year’s Fine Arts Festival at Davidson topped all previous years as current students took to the stages and visual arts displays to showcase student projects and performances. Hundreds of family and faculty members walked the halls of DFA as they were delighted with the sights and sounds of the fine arts at their finest. For many alumni, this was their first time enjoying the festival as part of DFA’s first homecoming.
The Fine Arts Festival continued long into the afternoon, but the graduating Class of 1996 took themselves to the riverfront to celebrate their 20-year class reunion. That evening, the Class of 2006 partied in style at The Partridge Inn. Both classes eventually joined DFAAA’s Davidson artWISE Gala at the Augusta Museum of History for the first ever all-class reunion and homecoming event.
The gala hosted more than 200 guests for homegrown bites and beverages provided by Helms College culinary students and Augusta Locally Grown. There was dancing and singing, fellowship amongst alumni, parents, faculty and staff, as well as a tribute to those students and faculty who are no longer with us.
The evening would not have been possible if not for the financial and in-kind assistance of our partners and sponsors, including Atticus Creative, Presstech, Robertson Restoration, Blanchard & Calhoun and Georgia Bank & Trust. Davidson Fine Arts Alumni Association is grateful for your kindness and support.
We are pleased to announce that DFAAA secured its first donation for 2016 – an unsolicited donation by a retired faculty member who has asked to remain anonymous - to fund the first year’s costs for DFAAA’s membership website, DFAalumni.org.
The mission of DFAAA is to promote the Davidson Fine Arts School spirit among alumni by providing rewarding opportunities to support the school and by encouraging alumni to remain connected with the fine arts, with DFA, and with each other. Additionally, the organization has initiated artWISE, a fundraising project establishing donation opportunities for alumni and Richmond County-based business sponsors to establish an annual fund for a school grant program to provide special arts, academic and sports programming needs for students as required to sustain a quality arts education.
"Alumni of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School are a diverse group of leaders possessing gifts of both academic intelligence and artistic talent,” says George Robertson, president of Davidson Fine Arts Alumni Association. “ With more than 2,200 alumni from the CSRA to Tokyo, DFAAA’s driving goal is to connect alumni and current DFA students to encourage mentorship and collaboration so future generations DFA students will have superior educational and career opportunities than those of us who graduated before. Our Board of Directors is excited to finally launch DFAAA and look forward to the Davidson Fine Arts family coming together to create an abiding community. “
Davidson Fine Arts Homecoming Weekend is May 6 – 8, 2016, the jewel of which will be DFA’s annual Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, May 7. The weekend will also include individual class alumni events, a 10-year class reunion for the Class of 2006 and the Davidson artWISE Gala, an evening celebrating Augusta’s commitment to arts education. The gala will be 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. at the Augusta Museum of History. Tickets are on sale now at DFAAA’s website, DFAalumni.org. Individual and business sponsorships are still available and include tickets to the gala.
Established in 1981 and graduating its first senior class in 1986, Davidson Fine Arts is a public magnet school in the Richmond County School System currently serving more than 800 students in grades 6-12. Students are admitted on selective criteria based upon prior school record, good character, and an audition in five fine arts areas - music, dance, drama, art, and creative writing. Formed on the ideal that talent is not racially or economically linked and that all students should have equal opportunities, the student body is comprised of students from every corner of Richmond County without regard to gender, race or income.
DFA’s seamless integration of the fine arts and academic studies has won them a ranking amongst the top five high schools in Georgia and the top 100 high schools in the nation. The school offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that provides students with the opportunity to achieve in all disciplines and regularly garners SAT and other standardized test scores that outpace state and national averages. DFA proudly boasts a 100% graduation rate with an average of 98% of its graduating seniors attending a 4-year college.
Davidson Fine Arts Alumni Association, Inc. is a Georgia nonprofit corporation formed over three months at the end of 2015 by a group of fewer than a dozen Davidson Fine Arts School alumni. DFAAA is currently pursuing 501(c)3 status with the IRS.
All costs associated with the formation of the organization have been funded 100% by the Board of Directors. DFAAA has secured its first donation for 2016 – an unsolicited donation by a retired faculty member who has asked to remain anonymous, to fund the first year’s costs for DFAAA’s membership website, DFAalumni.org (welcome!).
The mission of the Davidson Fine Arts Alumni Association is to promote the Davidson Fine Arts School spirit among alumni by providing rewarding opportunities to support the school and by encouraging alumni to remain connected with the fine arts, with DFA, and with each other.
Funds raised by the DFAAA will directly support our mission to encourage alumni to remain connected to DFA, and to provide financial support to our alma mater.
The current DFAAA goals include:
We are seeking donations from alumni and sponsorships from local and alumni-owned businesses to help us realize our organization’s goals. Great opportunities exist now to capitalize on promotional opportunities in conjunction with DFA Homecoming Weekend.
We look forward to working with our alumni, our school, our students and our community to keep DFA amazing.
Saturday, November 28 marked the unofficial beginning of the Davidson Fine Arts Alumni Association and the unofficial end to the John S. Davidson School on Telfair Street, the original home of Davidson Fine Arts School. DFAAA is grateful for those who took time from their Black Saturday shopping to join us, Mrs. Barnhart, Dr. Kelly and more than 200 alumni and friends in front of the old theatre at 1102 Telfair Street.
In October, nearly one dozen alumni joined together to form DFAAA, Davidson’s first alumni association in its nearly 35-year history. The newly appointed board of directors is currently developing the structure and framework governing the organization and plans are underway for a major fundraising event benefiting Davidson Fine Arts School next spring.
DFAAA’s co-founder and newly elected Vice President of Communications, Michele Guilford, organized Saturday’s event to honor the legacy of John S. Davidson and the import of the 1102 Telfair Street building to the foundation of Davidson Fine Arts School, now located across the Augusta Canal on 12th Street. “The spirit and joy that was inherent in this building has since transferred to the new building,” said Guilford, “However, those students who attended classes here and the faculty that taught here deserved one last chance to say goodbye before demolition begins.”
Demolition is set to begin in December after many years of alumni businesses and historic preservationists trying to facilitate the sale of the building to private owners with the intent of saving the historic building. Unfortunately, no sale made it to closing and so we join to say “goodbye”.
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