Arts Guild

All parents, grandparents, and other interested parties are invited and encouraged to join and participate in the Arts Guild.

The Arts Guild supports all of USJ’s visual and performing arts, which includes Band, Music, Art, Theater and Drama Classes starting with Pre-K all the way through 12th grade. A steering committee administers the operational affairs of the Guild and assists the Fine Arts departments, both in financial resources and in volunteer support. Parent volunteers promote all theater productions, maintain the costume closet, sell tickets, work backstage, chaperone trips and have many other opportunities for hands-on involvement. Our funds help pay for theater productions and other fine arts events.  We provide scholarships for summer enrichment and buy supplies and equipment for our Fine Arts teachers.

The Arts Guild meets the second Tuesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. in the Middle School conference room.  Please check calendar for any changes.

Our main financial support is through families who become Patron/Corporate Sponsors. Corporate Sponsors get great exposer. Each of our productions has an average attendance of 1,000 – 1,200 and all productions are advertised in the community at large. Arts Guild also maintains a high social media profile. To become a patron or corporate sponsor, please download our sponsor brochure.

2017 Arts Guild Scholarship Awards

Each of the following students was awarded $400 to attend arts programs during Summer 2017.

Megan Everson:Theater, Dr. Tammy Grant, Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth: Mathematics in Music

Harrison Hamm: Theater, Erica Davidson, TN Governor’s School for the Arts: Filmmaking

Justin Holt: Art, Libby Lynch, TN Governor’s School for Visual Art

Sydney Lofton: Theater, Erica Davidson, Stratford Shakespeare King’s Company

Keaton Miller: Theater, Erica Davidson, Open Jar Institute for Musical Theater

Abby Vaughn: Chorus, Dian Eddleman, Camp Jam for Musical Performance

The Arts Guild Scholarships are an application-based award available to students who are rising 10th-12th graders at USJ for the school year following application.

Want Reserved Seating at Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School Arts Productions?

USJ Arts Guild is looking forward to a exciting year filled with awesome events to showcase students' many talents and the wonderful fine arts programs at USJ. We would love for you to be a part of this great group of talent. By partnering with the Arts Guild, our students can reach new heights in pursuing their artistic talents. Through the Patron/Corporate Partnership Program, your support benefits each art, band, choral, music, and theater teacher, as well as students.
 
Beginning in junior kindergarten, our Lower School music teachers direct and produce seven musicals each school year. Our Bruins Art Gallery showcases the work of our Cubs through fifth grade students. Middle and Upper School students are well represented in All Northwest Honor Choir and Band, as well as in regional competitions. Artwork from USJ students at all levels continually receives recognition and awards at local, state and national levels. Musical productions in the Blankenship Theater showcase not only the theatrical talents of our students, but the talents of all divisions of the Arts Program, choral, band and visual art.
 
A description of each level of support the program provides, as well as the benefits associated with each level is below. We hope that you will consider supporting the Arts Guild this year to ensure that the fine art program at USJ remains one of the best in the area.

2016 Arts Guild Scholarship Awards

The Arts Guild is pleased to announce the following student scholarship awards for 2015 …

Nicholas Ballard: Art, Libby Lynch  - Awarded tuition to attend Appalachian Craft Center Summer Art Intensive

Kayla Puzdrakiewicz: Art, Libby Lynch - Awarded tuition cost to attend the Opera Memphis Summer Conservatory

The Arts Guild Scholarships are an application-based award available to students who are rising 10th-12th graders at USJ for the school year following application.

Want Reserved Seating at Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School Arts Productions?

USJ Arts Guild is looking forward to a exciting year filled with awesome events to showcase students' many talents and the wonderful fine arts programs at USJ. We would love for you to be a part of this great group of talent. By partnering with the Arts Guild, our students can reach new heights in pursuing their artistic talents. Through the Patron/Corporate Partnership Program, your support benefits each art, band, choral, music, and theater teacher, as well as students.
 
Beginning in junior kindergarten, our Lower School music teachers direct and produce seven musicals each school year. Our Bruins Art Gallery showcases the work of our Cubs through fifth grade students. Middle and Upper School students are well represented in All Northwest Honor Choir and Band, as well as in regional competitions. Artwork from USJ students at all levels continually receives recognition and awards at local, state and national levels. Musical productions in the Blankenship Theater showcase not only the theatrical talents of our students, but the talents of all divisions of the Arts Program, choral, band and visual art.
 
A description of each level of support the program provides, as well as the benefits associated with each level is below. We hope that you will consider supporting the Arts Guild this year to ensure that the fine art program at USJ remains one of the best in the area.


Below Are Our Sponsor/Patron Levels & Their Benefits

Platinum - $1000

Includes:
  • Ten (10) reserved seating tickets for each theatrical or lower school production (may be spread across performances)
  • Full page ad in the Sponsors & Patrons book
  • Recognition as a Platinum sponsor on:
    Arts Guild page of USJ website
    Corporate Sponsor Board
    Promotional materials Ads & press releases for productions
  • Listing on USJ website business directory
  • Recognition on USJ Arts Guild Facebook Page

Gold - $500

Includes:
  • Six (6) reserved seating tickets for each theatrical or lower school production (may be spread across performances)
  • Half page ad in the Sponsors & Patrons book
  • Recognition as a Gold sponsor on:
    Arts Guild page of USJ website
    Corporate Sponsor Board
  • Listing on USJ website business directory

Silver - $300

Includes:
  • Four (4) reserved seating tickets for each theatrical or lower school production (may be spread across performances)
  • Quarter page ad in the Sponsors & Patrons book
  • Recognition as a Silver sponsor on:
    Arts Guild page of USJ website
    Corporate Sponsor Board

Patron - $150

Includes:
  • Two (2) tickets for each theatrical production with reserved seating for Lower School productions only (may be spread across performances)
  • Listing as a Patron in the Sponsors & Patrons book and on the Arts Guild page on the USJ website


Arts Guild Corporate/Patron Partnership 2017-2018

Average attendance per theater production: 1,000 – 1,200 people (great exposure for corporate/ individual participating partners!)

Platinum Level: $1,000 - Full page ad in the program booklet, recognition as a Platinum sponsor on Arts Guild page of USJ website, on Corporate Sponsor Board, on promotional materials, ads and in press releases for productions as well as listing on USJ website business directory, plus ten (10) tickets with reserved seating for each production (may be spread across performances).
Animal Care Hospital
Dr. and Mrs. Jason Cherry
FMY Orthodontics
Wade Norris Logging, LLC
Upsilon Payments
Jackson Clinic Hospitalists

Gold Level: $500 - One-half page ad in the program booklet, recognition as a Gold sponsor on Arts Guild page of USJ website, on Corporate Sponsor Board and listing on USJ website business directory, plus six (6) tickets with reserved seating for each production (may be spread across performances).
B.T. Redi-Mix, Inc
Tim and Jennifer Davenport
Betsy and Alan Dement
Drs. Tony and Sejal Ghodadra
The Law Office of Michael Hartup
Henson Construction Services
Printco Business Forms
Krasner Pawn & Jewelry
Rachel Linney
Brad and Lynn Lofton
Teel & Maroney, PLC
Dave and Denise Miller and Neta McKnight
Jason and Keata Snider
West Tennessee Pediatric Dental

Silver Level: $300 - One-quarter page ad in the program booklet, recognition as a Silver sponsor on Arts Guild page of the USJ website and Corporate Sponsor board, plus four (4) tickets with reserved seating for each production (may be spread across performances).
Kyle and Elizabeth Atkins
Mike and Angela Badgett, Sr
Think and Thread
Mike and Patricia Booher
Bosco Contractor Services
Brasfield Construction
Dale Conder
Scott, Jamie, Drew & Deuce Davenport
Dorris Appraisal
Faulkner Auto Group
Barry and Summer Ferguson
David and Elizabeth Hailey
Kreg and Jennifer Hamm
Stephen and Cecilia Hammond
Hunter and Julie Hooper
Troy D. and Lisa A. Houston
Gary and Holly Johnson
Kimberly Larkins
Brad and Betsy Little
Melissa and Bill Lofton
Curtis and Joan Mansfield
Mark and Heather Miller
Ami Naik and Christopher Mitchell
Will and Tammi O'Neal
Lana and Greg Petrinjak
Alan and Kathleen Sallee
Scott and Cheryl Tabor
Matt and Melissa Zerfoss

Patron: $150 - Listing in the program booklet and on the Arts Guild page of the USJ website, plus two (2) tickets to each production with reserved seating to Lower School productions.
Mike and Judy Baskin
Bate and Karley Bond
Bob and Bonnie Boyce
Mark Burden
Don and Pat Coffey
Ed and Tricia Darby
Brian and Emily Dunn
Lisa Spencer English
Matt and Melanie Fite
Chris and Mary Ann Giampapa
Billy and Rachel Hight
Beth and Buck Hudson
Larry and Shirley Jones
Shane and Libby Lynch
Gregory and Wednesday Ketron
Wesley and Rhonda Klipfel
Tom and Susan McCarter
Ben Murphy
Don and Melinda Roe
Rob and Anita Roy
Robert and Jennifer Sammons
Anne Short
Melissa Spry
Daniel and Pam Stanfield
David and Darlene Tanner
John and Betty Ann Tanner
Chuck and Sharyn Thompson


Legacy
Gerald and Sylvia Bell
Jeb and Caroline Campbell
Jim and Mona Campbell
Todd and Lee Driver
Stephen and Lolly Eldridge
Jonathan and Fiona Harlan
Stuart and Mimi Hirstein
James and Misty Kirkland
Ron and Carol Kirkland
James and Susan Morris - Express Employment Professionals
John and Ginger New
Kelly and Sarah Pucek
Ryan and Molly Roy
Casey and Staci Rushing
Eric and Laura Sievers
John and Jennifer Whybrew

Corporate and Legacy Sponsors Procedure for Reserved Seating for Fine Arts Productions

To reserve your seats for any production, please contact Amy Koerner by text or cell, 267-0333, before noon on the day before the performance that you have chosen.

There are 4 Middle/Upper School productions each year and each production has many performances.  You are allowed to use your allotted tickets/reserved seats to any performance or performances that you choose.

(Example: If you are a Platinum sponsor, you have 10 tickets, which entitle you to 10 reserved seats. You can use all of your reserved seats at the 7 p.m. performance, for example, or you can use five seats for the 7 p.m. performance one night, three seats for the 7 p.m. performance the next night, and two seats for the Sunday matinee.)

The Lower School has several productions. and they are usually only one night. You still must call by noon the day before the production in order to reserve your seats.

Patrons will not be given reserved seating to the Middle/Upper School productions. Due to the number of reserved seats, we ask that you please adhere to the policy of reserved seating. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any Guild member.