BMAC gala and auction to raise funds for youth and education programs

BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Museum & Art Center will hold its Spring Gala and Benefit Auction on Friday, April 12, at 6 p.m., at Alyson's Orchard in Walpole, N.H. All proceeds support BMAC's youth and education programs.

The night will include appetizers, dinner, and dessert by Hardy Foard Catering, accompanied by a special selection of beer and wine chosen by wine expert David Howell, a former BMAC trustee and retired geologist who for many years has consulted for wineries in northern California.

Howell also serves as the event's host and auctioneer.

Jazzberry Jam will provide live music throughout the evening, and there will be silent and live auctions of donated artwork, jewelry, fine wine, and vacation getaways.

Education is central to BMAC's mission, and the annual Spring Gala plays a key role in supporting that mission financially.

Throughout the year, the museum welcomes elementary school kids to the museum for school visits; sends artists out to Head Start classrooms to work with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; and partners with the Brattleboro Food Co-Op on a program where families come to the museum to make art, and then go to the co-op to make food.

In addition, BMAC hosts the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the state of Vermont, the annual LEGO Contest, the Domino Toppling Extravaganza, the biennial Glasstastic program, and much more.

“With all of these activities for kids, we're really aiming at one thing: to awaken and nurture in young people a passion and appreciation for creative expression,” BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld said in a news release. “And when we manage to do that, we believe that we're actually making the world a better place.”

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