February 17, 2019
South Shore Conservatory Gala Raises $325K, Setting a Record

February 5, 2018 — The South Shore Conservatory, a nonprofit based in Hingham and the nonprofit largest community school for the arts in Massachusetts, announced that its recently held annual gala raised $325,000, the most ever in the 12 years it has been held, surpassing its goal by $25,000.

The funds will support community partnerships, he organization's Arts Therapy department, and tuition aid program.

The South Shore Conservatory (SSC) said its Chase Away the Winter Blues gala, held Jan. 27 at the Boston Marriott Quincy, a new venue for the event, attracted 300 attendees. Last year's event raised $250,000 and attracted 220 guests.

Amy Schomp, SSC's senior development director, noted, "The SSC gala highlights the impact and reach of our work and it has helped to broaden our base of supporters, including local businesses and community members."

Funds were raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, and a live auction.

During dinner, board Derek Spence announced the purchase of a third campus located at 135 Webster Street in Hanover, designed to give greater access to music education and performance for the South Shore community. The property, scheduled to begin construction in 2019, will house multi-use classrooms, a-state-of-the-art Creative Arts Therapy Center, administrative offices, and a 275-seat performance space.

SSC last month announced the property purchase, a mixed-use space will allow it to expand programs and offerings to reach more than the 4,000 current students currently engaged at its Hingham and Duxbury campuses.

The new property, expected to encompass 10,000 square feet, including expansion of a performance hall, will complement a 22,700-square-foot space in Hingham and a 12,900-square-foot space in Duxbury.

SSC said is currently engaged in a capital campaign to fund the purchase and redesign of the building, which is expect to total between $3 million and $4 million.

SSC was established in 1970 in Hingham after previously serving as a New England Conservatory satellite preparatory program. The Duxbury campus was established in 1980.

Today, with a faculty of 100 artist educators, SSC is recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and collaborates with schools, community centers, social service agencies, Councils on Aging, and other organizations throughout the South Shore. It ImagineARTS partnership program provides arts-integrated literacy learning to more than 600 kindergarten students in underserved communities every year.

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