Friends of the Arts

The Friends of the Arts (FOTA) is a volunteer parent organization dedicated to supporting Country Day's fine arts program in all divisions by recruiting and inspiring volunteers to help at school exhibitions, concerts, productions, and other arts events.

2018-19 Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to get involved with the arts at Country Day. Volunteer opportunities include:

Special Events (Debbie Porter,
Volunteers help plan, set up, and facilitate special events such as the Fine Arts Open House, usually held in the fall, as well as the Annual Art Exhibit Reception in February.

LS Visual Arts (Hillary Wyche,
Volunteers hang student art in various areas on campus throughout the year. Volunteers should be flexible with scheduling.

LS Drama (Michelle Smarz,
Volunteers assist backstage with grade-level plays. Volunteer times are flexible and are usually between one and two hours in length. All Lower School parents are invited to participate.

MS Visual Arts, Music and Drama (Stefhanie Howe,, Robin Feddersen,
Volunteers help support the art, music, and drama departments as needed throughout the year including preparing and hanging selected art for display, helping with auditions and plays, helping with the winter and spring concerts, and with the Fine Arts Night in April.

US Visual Arts (Meredith Baumstein,
Volunteers assist the Fine Arts department throughout the year. Volunteers help plan, set up, and facilitate receptions, such as student art receptions and the visiting artist reception, and assist with Upper School Arts Fest and other art events.

US Music (Liz Horton,
Volunteers assist the Fine Arts department throughout the year. Opportunities include fitting choir dresses and tuxedoes, organizing a Halloween party for the band and chamber choir, and planning receptions for the semi-annual concerts in December and May.

US Drama (Courtney Eliasek,
Volunteers assist the Fine Arts department throughout the year and help with Upper School One Act Plays, musicals, and drama performances as well as Upper School Arts Fest. Duties may include planning cast parties, helping with program design, ticket sales, concessions, and back stage assistance.

Soup Bowls for Hospice Project (Debbie Porter,
Volunteers help with this annual event as needed. Duties include checking in participants, helping with supplies, and demonstrating the bowl-making process, no experience necessary. Volunteers also help with preparing the clay before the event as well as glazing and packing the finished bowls for donation to Soup on Sunday, a fundraising event for Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte.

2018-19 Board Members

Chair Ashkey Larkin
Secretary Carolyn Redvanly
LS Visual Arts Rep Hillary Wyche
LS Drama Rep Michelle Smarz
MS Music/Drama/Visual Arts Robin Feddersen
MS Music/Drama/Visual Arts Stefhanie Howe
US Visual Arts Rep Meredith Baumstein
US Drama Rep Courtney Eliasek
US Music Rep Liz Horton 
Big Saturday Coordinator Teresa Powell
Special Events Coordinator Debbie Porter
Past Chair Michelle Assaf Saleeby

FOTA & Arts Calendar