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Ashley Partners with Davie County Schools for Arts Smart Festival

North Carolina’s Davie County Schools partnered once again with Ashley for the Arts for their 8th annual Arts Smart Festival, held at the brand-new Davie County High School on April 14.

Ron Wanek, Ashley’s founder and chairman, along with representatives from Ashley Furniture Industries, presented Davie County Schools Superintendent Darrin Hartness and Assistant Superintendent Jinda Haynes with a $10,000 donation for the school district.

Additionally, three students were selected to receive a $500 scholarship for their artistic work at the event.

The Art Smart Festival’s theme was “Art Unites Us,” featuring student artists, singers, dancers, musicians, and actors from all of the Davie County Schools Arts Education Departments.

Simultaneous performances were scheduled throughout the afternoon in the large and small gyms, and additional attached classrooms. The Healing Force also performed during the event and provided a hands-on opportunity for children and adults to participate in playing drums.

In addition to the check presentation, Ashley representatives presented the annual Ashley for the Arts Humanitarian Award, conceptualized to honor the individuals who go above and beyond helping to make their school and community a better place. This year, Edwin Owens was presented with the award.

Ashley for the Arts is a non-profit, family friendly initiative that provides communities with affordable access to world-class art, music, and entertainment while supporting a wide range of non-profits. Conceptualized by Ashley Furniture Industries in 2009, Ashley for the Arts events are now located in Florida, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

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