Stage set for annual ArtsGala at Wright State

The annual Wright State University ArtsGala, which has raised more than $2.5 million for arts scholarships during its 18-year history, is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, with an impressive program featuring student performances in theatre, dance, motion pictures, music and visual arts.

The 6 p.m. to midnight event in the Creative Arts Center is presented by the College of Liberal Arts. The popular black-tie-optional ArtsGala is regarded as one of the area’s premier arts events, drawing over 800 patrons each year.

“ArtsGala is my favorite night of the year. The talent of our students is astonishing, the Creative Arts Center glows, the food and drink are spectacular, and our guests have a memorable time,” said Linda Caron, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “But the best part is that all proceeds go toward scholarships for our deserving fine and performing arts students. Please join us!”
Peter Pan soars over the stage

This year is ArtsGala’s 19th annual ArtsGala with many special events designed to celebrate the occasion. Features this year include:

  • Wind Symphony, featuring “Stars and Stripes Forever”
  • Selections from “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
  • Live artistic creation by student artists
  • Student film festival
  • Chamber Orchestra performance
  • Opera performances
  • Dance performances
  • Collegiate Chorale performance
  • Six themed dining rooms
  • Cigar and college basketball tent
  • Top-quality craft beer, bourbon and tequila tastings

A silent auction, featuring mobile bidding this year, will offer over 100 items, including:

  • Artwork by Wright State faculty, students, alumni and local artists
  • Wide variety of wines
  • Assortment of luxury gift baskets, gift cards and dining certificates

ArtsGala’s presenting sponsors are Barnes & Noble at Wright State and Morris Furniture Company. Other major sponsors include Chartwells, Dayton Business Journal, Emerson, Gloria and Don Graber, HORAN, Zoe Dell Nutter, ThinkTV, Pamela and Malte von Matthiessen, Prime Time Party Rental, Synchrony Financial and WHIO-TV.

ArtsGala tickets ($250 each) and information are available at 937-775-5512 or

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