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Friday’s hoedown will support St. Pius X arts

Help the St. Pius X Fine Arts Department raise money for tuition assistance and to support the school’s fine arts programs – and have some fun while you’re at it.

The West Side school will host its inaugural St. Pius High School Fine Arts Hoedown on Friday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 10 p.m.

“The arts are an essential part of a well-rounded education, so funds raised from the silent auction and art sales will help students in need of tuition assistance and offset the cost of supplies and instruments, music equipment, lights, and stage supplies,” Jack Davidson, St. Pius’ visual arts director, said in an event news release.

The “informal and fun community fundraiser,” he said, allows St. Pius “to show the public what we have to offer here the school.”

The outdoor event will take place at St. Pius X campus on 5301 St. Joseph’s Dr. NW and is open to the public.

It will feature art sales, food trucks, a silent auction, live country and western music by the West Wind Band, western dancing and amazing views of the city – especially of the Balloon Fiesta’s fireworks show, organizers say.

In addition, St. Pius fine arts students will showcase the program’s curriculum through poetry readings, live acts and dancing.

“Students of St. Pius X’s Fine Arts Department have a range of visual and performing arts classes available to them including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, theatre, and an award-winning music program,” the event news release reads. Many students who graduate from the school have gone on into careers including architecture, printmaking, painting, and acting, to name a few.

“In fact “Modern Family” actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, attended St. Pius X High School and acted in numerous plays offered by the school’s Fine Arts Department.”

Artists who would like to donate work for the event can contact Davidson for an application at

More information about the fine arts program is available at: