Baltimore School for the Arts


March 10, 2002|By Sloane Brown

Hundreds of grown-ups headed back to high school for a night at "Expressions 2002." But this was high school they could only wish they had attended: the Baltimore School for the Arts. Here, the one-night students had their choice of arts classes. They could learn to sing or play a Sinatra tune in the music room. Or maybe do country line dances in the dance studio. There were improvisation techniques being taught in the theater rehearsal rooms. Or would-be artists could decorate sunglasses in an art studio. And just in case, any of these one-nighters started feeling a little too taken with their own talents, the incredible end-of-the-night show featured theatrical, musical and dance performances by some of the school's real students, quickly bringing audience egos back in check.

Included in the "Expressions 2002" student body of 520 humbled souls: Erin Becker and Lisa Hardiman, event co-chairs; Jay Jenkins, Brantley King, Carrie LeBow, Laurel Peltier, Joe Platerote, Amy Elias, Sally Michel, Susie Chisolm, Leslie Polakoff and Meadow Lark Washington, event committee members; Jan Rivitz, Baltimore School for the Arts board chair; Tony Carey, Dan Henson, Sharon Nevins, Sam Polakoff, Clair Zamoiski Segal, and Carole Sibel, school board members; Leslie Shepard, Baltimore School for the Arts director; David Cordish, The Cordish Co. chairman; Karen Bokram, Girls' Life publisher; Bill Jews, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield president / CEO; Ellen Zamoiski and Maureen Gold, community volunteers; Dr. Nancy Grasmick, Maryland Superintendent of Schools; Sue Hess, Baltimore-based arts consultant; Dr. Jennifer Brown, University of Maryland Medicine psychology fellow; Sue Wolman, retired clinical social worker; Ellie Carey, Governor's Workforce Investment Board president; Bruce Winston, S&S Enterprises president; Danielle Tanner, retired Cartier buying director; Katie Hearn, Struever Bros. development director; Bob Embry, Abell Foundation president; Robin Magwood, Centers for Medicare Services human resource specialist; Jeff Scherr, Kramon & Graham partner; Mark Einstein, Reznick Fedder & Silverman principal; Mark Schapiro, Continental Realty Corporation chairman; Jay Perry, A.J. Perry & Co., Inc. president; Frank Burch, Piper Marbury co-chairman; and Bob Jones, Jones Lighting Specialists owner.

This back-to-school night brought in around $130,000 for the Baltimore School for the Arts.

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