Friends of the Arts

FOTA logoFOTA was created to provide financial, moral, and volunteer support for students and teachers participating in music, drama, and art programs throughout the school, at every grade level from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and the community. FOTA raises money with an annual Poinsettia & Greenery Sale, but more importantly, with memberships.

Join FOTA

Live Artfully

Immerse yourself completely in the art performances at FRA. Take advantage of living each and every performance through our students’ brilliance. Whether it’s closing your eyes and listening to the music, opening your eyes to the wonder of a drawing, painting or sculpture, laughing out loud at a musical or shedding a tear at a drama. To truly live artfully at FRA, it’s simple. Just be there and be moved by all the art performances throughout the year. You’ll be considerably fuller. And have lived artfully.

President
Michelle Holtschlag

Items Purchased by FOTA

2017/2018 FOTA - PROVIDED ITEMS

  • Lower School
    Two sets of wall art boards
  • Lower School
    Three large musical instrument carts with wheels
  • Theatre
    New Sound System Upgrades and Repairs
  • Theatre
    New Projector
  • Theatre
    Eight wireless head set microphones and receiver
  • Band
    Orchestra chimes and key board
  • Visual Art
    Kiln shelves
  • Upper School Arts
    29 Engraved Awards
  • Upper School Arts
    Carol Pierratt Award
  • FOTA Hosted Events
    Jazz Cafe, Upper School Musical Red Carpet, Upper School Musical Drama Coffee House, Evening with the Arts, Cocoa & Carols, Dance Recital, Art Showcase

2015 / 2016 FOTA - PROVIDED ITEMS

• Choir Risers
New risers for the Middle School/Upper School Choir room.

• Wireless Mics
Additional microphones for the Theater Department.

• Drama Equipment
Additional video equipment including cameras, lenses, professional tripods and a MacbookPro for editing.

• Pug Mill
A Pug Mill for the US Clay classes which will allow dried clay to be recycled.

• Xylophones
Bass, Alto and Soprano xylophones for the LS Performing Arts Department. • Slab Roller Minimight II Slab roller for clay projects for the LS Arts Department.


2014 / 2015 FOTA - PROVIDED ITEMS

• Lower School Audio Upgrades
The Lower School Dining Hall received significant audio upgrades including acoustic panels, Pro Audio Gear including multi-effects processors, cables and wireless microphones (4 total).This high quality system will enhance all events and performances held in this venue.

• Fabric-wrapped display boards
(2 total) located in the Atrium area of the Lower School for continuous display of student visual art pieces.

• Clay cart
A Debcor clay cart provided for the Upper School Visual Art Department.It is made of heavy-gauge steel, and features welded construction on 4" casters. It is used for cooling wares after firing, or for moving pieces from place to place. It can also be used for drying greenware.

2013 / 2014 FOTA - PROVIDED ITEMS

• The Theatre Lighting and Console package provided has made FRA one of the few venues in Nashville with this technology at its disposal. Other venues with similar technology: Vanderbilt University, Belmont, TPAC and one or two other high schools in the Metro area. The package provided saves hundreds of labor hours and can do the job of 3 to 6 of the previous components. With the addition of the new technology, comes the added ecological benefit of consuming less energy as well as substantially less maintenance costs.

• Pearl Snare, Tenor and Bass Drum Stands (10 total) provided for the newly formed FRA Drumline, Blue Thunder. FRA’s Blue Thunder Drumline in its first year consisted of ten students giving time, talent and energy. It is vital for the students to have stands to support their instruments during the majority of their rehearsal. Playing in a drumline is extremely physical and the addition of the stands was certainly needed and enthusiastically received.

• Aluminum Easels, Garment Racks and Kiln Part were additional items on the Fine Arts Department’s wish list. These items directly impact the functionality of the individual arts programs as well as the entire department.

FOTA Board

2017 - 2018 BOARD

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President
Michelle Holtschllag

Past President
Missy Moore

President Elect
TBD

Treasurer
Missy Moore

Secretary
Lisa Slipkovich

Liaison

Faculty Liaison
Cindy Thornton

Vice - Presidents


Membership
Anne Smith

Instrumental/Drumline
Teresa Cox

Drama L/S
Bethany Dinkel

Drama M/S
TBD

Drama U/S
Missy Moore

Vocal Arts
Barbara Hagood

Cocoa & Carols
Shellie Meeks

Evening with the Art
Susan Nance

Poinsettia & Greenery Sale
TBD

Visual Arts L/S
Kimberly Moulds

Visual Arts M/S
TBD

Visual Arts U/S
TBD

Dance
Lori Wong