A fine time for young fine artists: Monument Academy sponsors `Eat Your Art Out'

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For an afternoon of fine food and fine art, plan to attend the Monument Academy Fine Arts Committee's “Eat Your Art Out” event in April.

The committee is dedicated to supporting the fine arts and art teachers at the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 charter school for kindergartners through eighth-grade.

Last year's fine arts fundraiser was a spaghetti dinner that raised $1,500. However, with a wish list that includes a sound board for the choir, new instruments for the band, kiln repairs, xylophones for elementary students and other items, the committee has decided to shoot higher.

“We've set this year's Fine Arts Night goal is $10,000,” said Ann Pappas, who, with Tina Swayne, co-chairs the committee.

“Eat Your Art Out,” from 1-5 p.m. on April 13 at The Monument Academy, 1150 Village Ridge Point, will combine performances by the academy's fine arts students and an exhibition of more than 500 student art pieces with a food taste-off, which ends at 4 p.m. and features food offerings from local restaurants.

For each $10 ticket, a participant gets a punch card on a lanyard. As they taste the various restaurant offerings, they receive a punch on their card and, when they finish tasting, they vote on a “People's Choice” winner. The winning restaurant gets an inscribed 24-inch spoon to hang at their business.

Celebrity judges, including Teresa Farney, the KVOR “Table Talk” host, Tara Thompson, director of education and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, photographer Rachael Bolenbaugh and several others, will pick the Judges' Choice award.

“Because we need a ticket count for our restaurant owners, we're encouraging people to buy their tickets by April 8,” Pappas said.

The committee is also looking for more restaurants to join those that have already signed up: The Parked Pierogi, Kum and Go, Broken Bones BBQ, Texas Roadhouse Monument, Mosaics, Max's Amazing Sweets, Great Harvest Bread, California Pizza Kitchen, Big Fat Greek Restaurant and Bird Dog BBQ. The restaurant sign-up deadline is April 1.

April 1 is also the deadline for people to donate silent auction items that already include tickets to Bill Cosby at the World Arena, a variety of restaurant gift certificates, a night's stay at the Sundance Mountain Lodge, Taekwondo summer camp and six-months of lessons, themed baskets and other items.

“We're also looking for art pieces for people to bid on,” Swayne said. “And we're taking other donations. For example, Serrano's is providing coffee and Pikes Peak Brewery is providing root beer.”

All proceeds will be used by the school's arts programs. Tickets are available at Mozaics, The Park Pierogi and at the academy. For more information or to make a donation, call 719-505-6829 or 719-244-4885 or email finearts@monumentacademy.net.