Sunday, September 16, 2012

SIRIANO & SHATTUCK TO CHAIR BSA ANNUAL EXPRESSIONS GALA IN MARCH

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BSA alumnus and board member join forces to raise funds for arts education

Five years ago, after graduating from Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) and making a name for himself on Bravo's "Project Runway," Christian Siriano visited his alma mater for the school's annual Expressions Gala.  At the event, he auctioned off a custom-made garment to help raise funds for the school. Molly Shattuck, a long-time BSA supporter with a love of fashion, was one of two women to win the item after a bidding war ended in Siriano generously agreeing to make two dresses. Now, after years of a friendship that began that evening, Siriano and Shattuck will come together to chair BSA's 33th Expressions Gala on March 2, 2013.

"Having Molly and Christian co-chair this event is such an excellent way to celebrate the importance of arts education and community involvement in Baltimore. We are thrilled that one of our most successful alumni and one of our most avid supporters will be able to come together in March for such an exciting event," said BSA Director Chris Ford.

Shattuck is a current board member of BSA and previously chaired the 25th Expressions Gala in 2005, helping to raise over half a million dollars for the school.  Additionally, she was instrumental in helping BSA kick off the Family ArtReach Performance Series and has been involved in the BSA Board for over nine years. Shattuck is the founder and CEO of "Molly Shattuck Vibrant Living" and her mission is to help others live a healthier lifestyle.  She also serves as a part-time cheerleading coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Shattuck, a generous community advocate, serves on the National Advisory Board for The Johns Hopkins Children's Center ,is a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Children's Museum and.continues to be an active board member of the United Way of Central Maryland. She founded and leads Families Living United, a United Way initiative that creates opportunities for parents and children to volunteer together. In recognition of her commitment to advocate a healthy lifestyle, Shattuck was appointed Healthy Food Ambassador by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the United Way of Central Maryland for the Access to Healthy Food Initiative.

Siriano, who graduated from BSA in 2004 and studied fashion in London where he interned with Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, is a rising star in the fashion industry. He currently designs several ongoing collections of shoes and bags for Payless ShoeSouce, has retailers across the globe carrying his designs, created a makeup line for Victoria's Secret and co-founded accessories e-commerce retailer Send the Trend. Additionally, Siriano's book, Fierce Style: How to be Your Most Fabulous Self was published in 2009 and was followed by a national book tour. In 2012, he was the youngest person ever named to Crain's "40 Under 40" list. Most recently, Siriano has opened his first boutique in New York City.

The Expressions celebration will kick-off with the Expressions Gala on Saturday, March 2, and will feature exhibits and performances by BSA's most talented students in art, music, dance and theatre, as well as a seated dinner, brief live auction and hands-on classes in which guests can grab a guitar, learn some dance moves, take a stab at improv, or create a masterpiece. On Sunday, March 3, and Sunday, March 10, Expressions-Family Edition will offer one-hour, family-friendly matinee shows of the Expressions performances.  Then, on Monday, March 4, BSA will host Stage One/FANS Expressions, an informal evening with lite-fare and drinks followed by the Expressions 2013 performance and dessert.

Expressions, the primary fundraising effort for the BSA Foundation, provides over a third of the Foundation's annual funds each year to support BSA's combined academic and arts education. For more information on Expressions, visit www.bsfa.org.

Founded in 1980, Baltimore School for the Arts is a nationally recognized public high school that provides its students with intensive pre-professional training in the arts in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum. BSA graduates go on to the most selective arts and university programs nationwide and achieve prominence in theater, film, music, dance and visual arts. Additionally, BSA's TWIGS program offers free after-school arts instruction to more than 700 city elementary and middle school children. BSA is a vibrant part of Baltimore's cultural community, reaching thousands of families and children each year with free and low-cost performances, exciting collaborative projects, exhibitions, and educational programming.

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