FWAFA Faculty to Showcase Talent at Fundraiser




Fort Worth, TX— Usually the students at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) are in the spotlight. But this Friday and Saturday, FWAFA’s faculty and staff will take the stage for the annual Faculty Talent Show, Encore!, to raise $25,000 for a new microphone system for the school’s theater.

               Encore! differs from past Faculty Talent Shows by replacing the variety show format with an original, two-act musical. The plot is based on a young student’s idea that the school’s maintenance man must have a secret identity because of his tremendous vocal and acting talent. 

              “This has been a huge undertaking for all of us. But we want to do everything we can to raise the money we need,” said Gail Hartsfield, Director of Student Services at FWAFA and co-organizer of the Faculty Talent Show. “We have so many talented students who deserve to have good quality, reliable audio systems so all of their hard work can be heard by the audiences who come to see them perform.”

Encore! runs Friday, January 9 and Saturday, January 10 at 7 PM at the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Fine Arts Center at FWAFA, located at 3901 S. Hulen Street. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students in advance, or $12 for adults and $7 for students at the door. For more information or to buy tickets,

 Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts is a nationally ranked public charter school providing excellence in arts and academic education for North Texas youth. In addition to a rigorous classroom schedule, students receive training in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. Admission to FWAFA is by audition and more than 500 talented students are enrolled. Each year, the school produces a complete season of performances and exhibitions for the community at large, including art exhibits and concerts, and ballet, modern dance and theater performances. In all, students performed for more than 200,000 people in the last academic year.

 This year, Texas Charter Schools Association recognized Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts as the top special mission charter school in the state for its academic achievement. The Daily Beast ranked it as the #84 high school in the nation, and FWAFA was also ranked as a top high school by U. S. News and World Report for the fourth year in a row.