Nevada City School of the Arts’ “Matter of Taste” fundraiser on March 18

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

Step right up! With live music, two bars, and better auction items than ever before — including a trip to New York City to see “Hamilton” on Broadway — Nevada County’s premier fundraising event is sure to amaze and astound!

Nevada City School of the Arts presents its 19th annual “A Matter of Taste” fundraiser on Saturday, March 18, from 6-11 p.m.

The historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City will transform into a mind-boggling carnival of delights, with a fabulous Strong Man Show, face painting by Penny the Clown, and an incredible array of beautiful art.

The silent auction will range from one-of-a-kind works by local artists – as well as Nevada City School of the Arts students – to airfare for 2, three-nights lodging and two tickets to see “Hamilton.”

Other prizes include vacation rentals for skiing, summer fun, and romantic coastal getaways; a 20’x36′ Cold Frame Greenhouse, tickets to local festivals and concerts; and as always, generous donations from local restaurants, artists, jewelers, health clubs, farmers and more.

The tables at A Matter of Taste are full of treasures – and bargains. So come for the auction, and stay for the party. Visit for descriptions of all of the items and a look at the evening’s schedule.

Thanks to generous underwriting from AJA Video, every penny earned during this event goes straight back to support the environmental field studies and arts programs at the Nevada City School of the Arts, this year celebrating its 22nd anniversary.

One of the first public charter schools in the state of California, NCSA serves a diverse population of over 400 K-8 students, offering foundational and curriculum-integrated arts instruction, as well as music, dance, theater, film and other electives.

Unlike most traditional public schools, NCSA must provide their own facilities, and thus relies on fundraisers such as A Matter of Taste to fund its highly enriched curriculum. So every ticket is guaranteed to win support for the school  a good time for a great cause.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a complimentary glass of wine, two no-host bars, a variety of delicious appetizers & cocktails, music by SierraCapella and hundreds of fine items in a silent auction. Following the auction, Heartbass ~DJ Brian Hartman will spin the tunes for dancing with abandon. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Bid early, bid often!

The evening’s schedule:

6 p.m.   Doors Open, silent auction, complimentary glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres, no-host bar, live body painting
6:30   Strongman Show!
8:00 to 8:20   Auction tables close in Stone Hall
8:30 to 9:00   Silent auction tables close Osborne Woods Hall
9:00   SierraCapella on the main stage Osborne Woods Hall
9:15    Raffle winners picked – Osborne Woods Hall
9:25   Finale Strongman show
9:40  DJ Brian Hartman starts the dancing
9:45    Check out begins
11:00  All good things must come to an end

—Nevada City School of the Arts

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

6 thoughts on “Nevada City School of the Arts’ “Matter of Taste” fundraiser on March 18”

  1. As a professional artists I appreciate schools that value the arts in education.
    I don’t know much about this school, or charter schools in general for that matter, however I did catch the segment below of John Oliver’s, “Last Week Tonight”, concerning these institutions and it was quite startling.
    It did cause me to wonder about the quality of education in charter schools versus public schools overall.
    How do our school aged children’s scores fare in ratings with pupils in other countries?
    Is the charter school model working better than the public school system?
    Coming from a taxpayer and a voter, this is a serious question and I would hope to get a serious, non-partisan answer.

  2. I was curious about this myself. So, I did a little survey. Certainly not a meta-analysis but a quick peek. For two years in a row, I had my students put down where they went to 8th grade on a couple of tests Fall semester. I just checked off how many passed/didn’t pass from each school. What I found was…… didn’t matter which school they came from. There were no glaring numbers either way from any school.

    Some things to keep in mind, I teach Chemistry so I have a very thin slice of the student body pie in terms of numbers and ability. There were a couple of interesting findings from a couple of schools. One school did very well but had few students for the size of the school. Another school also had few students for its size. Not sure how significant that was.

    From what I”ve seen, not alot of Charter kids in advanced math.

  3. There are some very good charter schools in California, and sporadically in other places. But make no mistake…people like Michelle Rhee, and the corporate superstructure of many of the franchise charter schools…it’s a scam designed for money with no consideration for the actual education that is supposed to be imparted. It’s not much different then the private prison franchise. Greed and sociopathy knows no cure and no treatment. The country is engulfed in the pathology of greed without self awareness. And if we are going to be honest…we deserve everything we are going to get. Trump is just the obvious sarcoma on the surface of a very sick society.

  4. On a national level, charter schools as a whole do not perform as well as public schools. A recent study at Stanford found that 37% of charter schools performed worse than public schools and 17% performed better than public schools. Another factor in the public vs. charter discussion that may effect results is charters aren’t subject to the same laws as public schools. They are privately operated and publicly funded, have more freedom in the realm of elective courses of study, teachers need not be credentialed, though all of them around here seem to be, but the pay scale is much lower. I know a teacher at a charter who turned down twice the money in Roseville to be here. One of the reasons cited was the parental involvement level at the charters far exceeds that of the public schools. There always seems to be a parent or three on hand to help out every day, especially with the younger ages. Another friend did a doctoral dissertation about the effects of funding on student achievement. The results were that it didn’t matter how much money a district had to spend per student, the key element in a student’s success was their parents’ attitudes toward education. The more parents valued and supported education, the greater the level of achievement gained by their children. This crossed all sociological, political, racial, and economic lines. There are a lot of variables to consider especially when standardized testing comes into play.

    Bottom line, I think, is that all of the hype about the decline of public education is bullish*t put out by people like Betsy DeVos who has donated millions of dollars to private Christian schools and a few thousand to public schools. She also owns a company that collects student loan debt. The charters are the first step in privatizing/corporatizing public education based on this alleged failure. They more resemble tax supported private schools than public schools. Vouchers are even worse as they are nothing more than yet another tax break for the wealthy. They would not send their kids to public school anyway and associate with the riffraff. So giving the wealthy vouchers is no different than tax return or a subsidy. It is paying them to do something they would already do while siphoning tax dollars out of the public education system that the founders deemed necessary to a healthy country.

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