Arts Alliance

The 2020-2021 school year may be the most anticipated ever, and we are ready to celebrate the arts at Pace Academy! From Michelangelo-inspired Pre-Firsters creating renditions of the Sistine Chapel to seniors attending their final Georgia Thespian Conference, Pace sets the bar for excellence in the arts. 

Our student-artists are recognized on stages beyond our Fine Arts Center—with seasoned performers excelling in Georgia High School Association competitions, earning superior ratings at national conferences and gaining recognition in all-star casts and ensembles. Our Lower and Middle School hallways showcase the talents of our youngest student-artists, displaying their photography, portraits and more.

Do you wonder what the Pace Arts Alliance does and who we are? Our board and division representatives represent you—parents who hope to introduce our children to a variety of visual and performing arts experiences. Like you, we enjoy tacking a masterpiece to a bulletin board, hearing the Middle School chorus sing, watching a student-led stage crew bring a musical together and witnessing our children try something they might not have tried without the encouragement of a teacher or the spark of inspiration.

The Pace Arts Alliance helps support the “extras” in the visual and performing arts programs.  We fund requests from our arts faculty with the goal of reaching every student in all three divisions. All Lower and Middle School students receive arts instruction as part of their curriculum, and over 85% of Upper School students continue this trend in their electives and extracurricular activities. Simply put, the arts are a vital part of life at Pace, and we hope you will become involved too

Arts Alliance membership benefits include complimentary tickets to theater performances, as well as two car decals. Members also receive recognition in playbills, the Arts Alliance newsletter, the Annual Report and elsewhere as appropriate.

Here are some of the ways the Pace Arts Alliance bolstered the arts during the 2019-2020 school year: 
  • Pace Arts Alliance partnered with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and invited Okorie Johnson (aka OkCello) to perform dynamic concerts in all three divisions as part of Black History Month celebrations. 

  • Musicians from the Bruno Mars Band horn section worked with Middle and Upper School band members in preparation for Knight of Jazz and other performances.

  • Broadway superstar, former Hairspray cast member and Ailey School instructor Judine Somerville spent a day conducting clinics for Upper School chorus and drama students and the Middle School chorus.

  • Local muralist Pash Lima worked with students to create an enduring image of their representations of Pace. 

  • Middle and Upper School classrooms welcomed professional visiting artists for ceramics, illustration, and sculpture workshops.

  • Each year, the Pace Arts Alliance commits up to $500 per Lower School grade-level play to cover costume, set design, or production licensing fees. 

  • Continuing education opportunities were provided for the visual and performing arts faculty in all three divisions. 

We appreciate your continued support and hope you will join the Pace Arts Alliance. Please reach out to us with any questions.

Sincerely,

Angie Howell and Wendy Schmitt, 2020-2021 Co-Presidents
paceartsalliance@paceacademy.org

LEADERSHIP

Executive Officers
Co-Presidents Angie Howell & Wendy Schmitt
Past President Mary Kelly Cunningham
Secretary Julie Carson
Treasurer Jennifer Douglas-Ullmann
Treasurer-elect Suzanne White 
Membership Jennifer Demba
Ticketing Kaprice Welsh
Communications Sarah Gray
Administrative Advisor Graham Anthony
Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair Sean Bryan
Pace Arts Alliance Visual and Performing Arts Chair Danny Doyle
Concessions Christy Smith & Elise Lowry
Event Hospitality & Recognition

Evis Babo &
Steve Weizenecker

Special Events Chairs Chrishaunda Lee Perez
Kimi Price Quéguiner
Advancement Liaison Melanie Pope
Division Representatives
Middle School Band Melissa Favero
Upper School Chorus Mary Kelly Cunningham
Middle School Chorus Sarah Lynch

Lower School Visual/Performing Arts

Banu Elizondo
Kimi Quéguiner
Chrishaunda Lee Perez

Middle School Visual Arts Lexie Bryan
Upper School Visual Arts Toni Millner

Middle School Strings

Henri Muller

Upper School Strings Kiery Braithwaite

Middle School Theatre

Ann Nagle

Upper School Theatre

Donna Pottorff

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