Rancho Santa Fe student spearheads Art Auction at Francis Parker School to benefit ‘A Reason to Survive’

A Reason To Survive and the Francis Parker School are collaborating for “Healing Hearts” a fundraiser and art auction on Friday, Nov. 15, from 3-5 p.m. ARTS is a local non-profit organization that provides, supports, and advocates for arts programs that heal, inspire, and empower youth facing adversity.

“I love knowing there are still schools out there that value the benefit of art in kids’ lives,” said Matt D’Arrigo, founder and CEO of ARTS. “We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Francis Parker School to give kids an outlet to express themselves.”

“Healing Hearts” will include a silent auction, food, youth arts and crafts activities, live music and more. The exhibit will contain artwork contributed not only by Parker and ARTS students, but will also feature works by Parker faculty and administrators, Lower School students, and professional artists. ARTS students will also be performing music.

“The Rose Art Gallery was created for exactly this purpose,” said Carol Jensen, director of Community Programs at Francis Parker School. “To enable us to collaborate with amazing young artists and give them an opportunity to exhibit their artwork.”

The event was created by RSF resident Sarah Nicita, 15, a Francis Parker student and past volunteer at ARTS who decided she wanted to give back. It will be held at the Rose Art Gallery located on the Francis Parker School campus, which is used to show a variety of art exhibits. The Rose Art Gallery is located at 6501 Linda Vista Rd San Diego, CA 92111.