Opinion: Why You Should Attend The Jamie A Hulley Evening For The Arts

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Sep 082015

OhWhatANight_Logo-300x258On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation will host its 14th annual Evening For the Arts Gala at the Quick Center at Fairfield University.

At this year’s gala, direct from Las Vegas, OH WHAT A NIGHT! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will perform to benefit the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation’s scholarship and educational grants programs. It promises to be a fantastic night.

Reception and auction preview begins at 6 p.m. – the performance begins at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.  To purchase tickets, call 203-254-4010 or purchase online.

From the Jamie A Hulley Website: 

Who was Jamie A. Hulley?

jamieJamie was a creative soul who had the gift of seeing the world as a thing of beauty. As a child, Jamie saw pictures in the clouds, danced rather than walked, filled reams of paper with her sketches and paintings, performed for any audience, sang to anyone who would listen, and turned anything and everything into a beautiful art project. Her dreams for the future always involved “creating” in one way or another.

As she grew into adulthood, she became a talented studio artist, writer, dancer, singer, songwriter, actor, and comedian. Jamie was a lover of people who had the talent of seeing the good in others and making all who knew her feel special. She was known for her warm smile, quick wit, and her loud infectious laughter.

Jamie was an avid seeker of new experiences. She embraced the unknown with a seemingly insatiable curiosity and definitely was a person who danced through life to the beat of a different drummer. Jamie’s dream of pursuing a career in the arts was cut short in 2002 just two weeks before her 21st birthday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.

To celebrate Jamie’s vivacious spirit and the beauty that she brought to the world, her family and friends established the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and career development opportunities in the arts including Grants for Schools, Special Project Grants in the Community; Scholarships, and Jamie’s legacy programs that reflect the experiences, the places, and the people that she loved.

Their Mission Statement is Simple:

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is dedicated to the support of young artists who share in Jamie’s creative passion and her love of taking artistic risks. Our goal is to provide opportunities for young artists and early career professionals to expand their artistic talent and to pursue their dreams.

How the Funds Enrich Young People’s Lives

The winners of the 10th Annual Amity Film Festival.

It has been a busy year once again. We have been able to maintain our existing programs and create some exciting new opportunities thanks to the generous support of our donors. This year more than  2,500 students benefitted from the foundation’s educational programs (24 in all) provided to area schools including a new relationship with Edgewood Magnet School in New Haven.

The program at Edgewood School used theater arts to teach fourth grade students about important events in New Haven’s history, in this case the Blizzard of 1888 and the Hurricane of 1939. Working with A Broken Umbrella Theatre (www.abrokenumbrella.org), fourth graders learned how to do historical research, to weave historical facts into an engaging imaginative story, and to work together as a collaborative team to bring those stories to life for an audience. Our community grants program continues to bring high quality theater experiences to audiences in New Haven and Fairfield counties.

We sponsored 5 productions by Square Foot Theatre (www.squarefoottheatre. com) in Wallingford as well as Theatre Fairfield’s independent project. The independent project grant provides college students with the invaluable experience of producing a full scale production on their own. This year’s production, Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, tackled the challenging questions of what constitutes art, the integrity of body image, and the true meaning of intimacy.

IMG_56971-300x200The Theatre Fairfield students donated the $1,020 ticket proceeds to Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven. Eight partial scholarships and 2 summer internships were given to college students pursuing careers in studio art and theater; 18 full summer theater camp scholarships were awarded; and, the Maria & Stanley Gellis Fund provided a scholarship for 1-year of music lessons.

At Amity High School, we sponsored two Amity Creative Theater productions, the annual Amity Film Festival, and two art-related philanthropic efforts: the Memory Project and the Mugs for Mankind Project. We brought in 8 visiting artists in studio art and music and sent Amity Creative Theatre students to visit to the 911 Museum to help prepare for their production of New York by David Rimmer.

At Wesleyan University, we awarded 2 senior studio art thesis stipends and 2 Italian travel stipends.


Originally Published on: Aug 22, 2015 @ 22:02

Second Publishing on: Aug 31, 2015 @ 13:20

The Broadway Boys Will Take The Stage Saturday At Annual Jamie Hulley Fundraiser

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Sep 062013

The Broadway Boys are headlining at the Jamie A Hulley Fundraiser on Sept. 7.

The Broadway Boys are headlining at the Jamie A Hulley Fundraiser on Sept. 7.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation will present its eleventh annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit at the Regina A. Quick Center at Fairfield University.

Straight from New York City’s great white way and back by popular demand are The BROADWAY BOYS with a new list of old time favorites and contemporary show stoppers. Favorite Broadway tunes are transformed with a delightful mix of Pop, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, and Folk and delivered in perfect 6-part harmony to create an unforgettable Broadway experience. As a special tribute to Jamie, the Broadway Boys will debut their new arrangement of the song For Good from the mega-hit Broadway show Wicked.

Before The Boys take the stage; the audience will be treated to a short showcase of a very talented group of students who have participated in the foundation’s scholarship and grant programs.

2013 Jamie Hulley Foundation flyerBut the question remains, with ten-year veteran Master of Ceremonies, David Raffauf, on a leave of absence, who will command the stage?

The Evening for the Arts reception begins at 6 pm and includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction with more than 150 items including a vacation getaway, vintage, handcrafted & designer items, baskets of treats to fulfill every desire, theater and sports tickets including box seats to a Yankee-Red Sox game, Hollywood and sport memorabilia, and special gifts from the cast of the Broadway Musical Motown, Yoko Ono, and Derek Jeter’s Turn2Foundation. The performance begins at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and may be purchased through the Quick Center Box office 203-254-4010.  For information contact the foundation at 203-891-8869 or jamieart@snet.net

What the Foundation does for our kids

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created in the memory of Orange CT resident Jamie Alaine Hulley and dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals. All proceeds from the gala go to support annual scholarships, grants, and educational programs in the arts which impact the lives of hundreds of children, teens and early career adults throughout the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

The foundation awards grants to teachers in local public and parochial schools to bring professional artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and authors into the classroom to enhance the traditional curriculum through the arts. Thus far, schools in Ansonia, Bethany, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Fairfield, Hartford, Orange, Manchester, New Haven, North Haven, Stratford, West Haven, and Willimantic have received grants.

The foundation also awards Community Grants to local non-profits such as the Milford Boys & Girls Club for an after school art program, the Amity Teen Center for a mural project, the New England Ballet Company for a 20-week school-readiness-through-dance program for Bridgeport preschoolers, and the Square Foot Theatre in North Haven youth and adult theater companies. The foundation provides college scholarships in Theatre and in Studio Art as well as scholarships to children for music lessons and summer theater camp.

Originally Published on Aug. 12, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.