BA Parent hopes to start booster club for arts

By Jason Harris - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Tue., Dec. 11, 2012
Sharon Murphy Boski wants a booster club for the arts at Bacon Academy. Photo courtesy of Stacey Harris. - Contributed Photo

Parent Sharon Murphy Boski wants to start a booster club for the arts at Bacon Academy. A professional-level performing artist, Boski has been trying to support the arts in the Colchester school system for 11 years, but said there is a no organization for art, music, or theater at Bacon Academy. There are groups of parents involved in Project Graduation, the Robotics Team, or the Football Booster Club, she said, and she wants an organization where parents or interested community members can help support the arts at the school, as well.

“Bacon Academy is a great school with a lot of things going for it,” Boski said. “However, it can be hard for a parent to find ways to help out teachers and students when their children reach high school since there is no PTO organization to get involved with.”

Boski has been planning this organization for eight years, she said. “With the working title of Friends of the Arts at Bacon, I am filling out the paperwork to create a 501(c)3 not-for-profit,” Boski said. “I have reached the point where it's time to organize other interested people to flesh out this group.”

Boski wants to hold the first community meeting in January to talk with interested people about the format of this potential group. She wants to begin the process of electing members to the group’s first board to run the organization, she said. Her planned format would be to hold meetings to get input from art, music and theater instructors, Boski said. She also wants to include the after-school clubs and welcomes input from parents, interested community members and students.

Boski's plans include three sub-committees that would focus on each category of the arts: music, theater, and non-performance art. These committees would oversee activities to support those areas, she said. “These sub-committees could also join together to deal with issues that impact more than one area, such as painting of the stage floor, or new microphones, or paint purchases,” Boski said.

Anyone interested in joining this new organization or learning more about it can e-mail Boski at

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