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Teen spearheads art show fundraiser

RANCHO SANTA FE — ARTS | A Reason To Survive and the Francis Parker School are collaborating for “Healing Hearts.”nicita 

The event was created by Sarah Nicita, a Rancho Santa Fe resident and 15-year-old junior at Francis Parker School where she serves as a vice-president of the Community Service Board. She has volunteered at ARTS first as a painting teacher and later as an assistant ceramics teacher. Nicita decided to hold this event because she wanted to give back to ARTS.

The fundraiser and art auction will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Rose Art Gallery on the Francis Parker School campus, 6501 Linda Vista Road, San Diego. 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.”

To bid online visit For more information, contact Carol Jensen at (858) 569-7900, ext. 4112.