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Arts showcase will benefit Habitat for Humanity





Two Fort Hays State University students are putting their passion for the arts on display as they organize the Raise the Roof for Habitat Creative Arts Showcase.

Partnering with the Ellis County Habitat for Humanity, Jamison Green and Lydia Fuqua, both FHSU seniors doing a service learning project for a communications studies capstone class, have expanded last year's Raise the Roof for Habitat Battle of the Bands, adding a smorgasbord of performing and visual arts.

The event, set for 7 p.m. aturday at Felten-Start Theatre on the FHSU campus, will feature dancers from local studios, musicians, poets, vocalists and actors.

Tickets for the showcase are $10 for 17 and older and $5 for those 16 and younger.

Green and Fuqua, with a goal of raising $1,500 for Habitat for Humanity, have been talent scouting for the event for a few months.

"The poets are a little easier for me to find, just because I'm a poet," Green said. "I know most of the poets in Hays, Kansas."

Representing the visual arts was a bit more tricky.

"We wanted to encompass the arts side of things, but we weren't sure how to do that," Fuqua said. "We brainstormed and came up with the idea of a silent art auction."

Art works have been donated by FHSU domestic and international students, as well as a print by local artist Kris Kuksi.

Dramatic presentations will include 10-minute plays.

"(One play) is a journey of one woman through various houses she's lived in," Fuqua said. "In the end, she discovers it doesn't matter what kind of house she has as long as she has a home.

"It ties in with the overall theme, which is homes."

Although the event is hoped to raise a chunk of change for Habitat for Humanity, Fuqua and Green also anticipate it will provide an evening of fun.

"For the most part, it's for pure enjoyment," Green said. "It's going to be great entertainment for everybody."

Both Fuqua and Green plan to continue their arts education after graduating in May. Fuqua, a Jetmore native, plans a move to Boston and begin work on a master's degree in theater education at Emerson College. Green, originally from Dallas, will return to his hometown to attend an acting conservatory.