Artclectic Patrons Party goes virtual

The annual Artclectic Patrons Party is a virtual happy hour at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 21. Click here to purchase your ticket. There is an option to add on a Party in a Box.
By Clare Clarke and Lori Ann Kehler, 2020 Artclectic Patrons Party Chairs

In its 24-year history, Artclectic has aimed to be not only an event that exhibits award-winning, show-stopping, inventive artwork but also an event that brings the USN community together.

The Patrons Party has historically been the launching event for Artclectic weekend, an event that so many of us look forward to attending. We leave the kids at home, get dressed up, grab a cocktail and delicious food, peruse an elegantly transformed gymnasium full of beautiful art, and visit with friends old and new. It’s been an event where USN families, as well as art-loving community members, get to purchase art and support the Artclectic Endowment for Innovative Teaching.

We know this year’s Patrons Party won’t be the same. The kids will be home, and so will you; Sperling Gym will sit empty without the elegant decor and thematic colors of Artclectic. Here’s what will remain of Artclectic's past: there will be an online art gallery full of works from 60 jury-selected artists, there will be the opportunity to grab that cocktail and taste delicacies from Urban Grub, and there will be the chance for you to connect with friends — new and old — in the USN community.

We are all craving connection more than ever, and while we can’t be together in person, we can still connect: Patrons Party tickets will be $50 this year; you only need to buy a single ticket per household. After viewing the art online for a week, patrons get the opportunity to be the first to purchase art online beginning Wednesday, October 21 at 8 a.m. Then jump into Zoom breakout rooms on at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 to connect with other USN parents.

For an upgraded experience, add a Party in a Box to your ticket for a total of $100. In addition to early access to purchase art, we'll deliver a package that includes hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Urban Grub. Also, you can add on two fabulous Southern Wit-A-Ritas from Tennessee Brew Works at no additional charge. 

The deadline to purchase Patrons Party tickets is Friday, October 16. Most importantly, we want to remind you that the funds raised from Artclectic go toward supporting our teachers’ innovative teaching. We think it’s safe to say that this year’s innovative teaching has been one for the record books. Our entire USN team has gone above and beyond for our students in 2020.

Please join us in showing our gratitude to our teachers, to the entire leadership team, and to our USN community; tickets are available for purchase now. Let’s hope we’re all back together in person soon.
    • Artclectic's annual Patrons Party will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 21.

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