Securing future of arts education more important than ever

As public school board leaders grapple with decreasing funds for arts education, the mission of the Cathedral Arts Project is needed more than ever. Now in its 25th year providing underserved children and youth with opportunities in the visual and performing arts, CAP’s 14th annual Spring for the Arts gala will go far in helping address the shortfall in public arts education.

Spring for the Arts has generated $5 million through the years to fund quality arts education, thanks in large part to efforts by three-time event chair Beth Jennison, and to board members such as Marisa Martire, this year’s honored Guardian of the Arts.

Martire has been a CAP board member since 2010 and, along with husband Frank, has chaired the Angels of the Arts campaign for three years. She is also involved with a variety of local Catholic charities and serves on the Mayo Clinic Leadership Board.

The benefit held April 27 at the River Club in the Wells Fargo Center drew many patrons from around Northeast Florida to join in the efforts to safeguard and advance the arts.

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