By Anne Marie Mistretta FOBSE secretary

FOBSE engages in long-range projects to improve
the school, and therefore, the community.
The organization’s current major project,
a capital campaign to raise $1.3 million to
build the Warren Miller Performing Arts
Center on the Ophir campus, continues the
Big Sky tradition of the community-focused
school.
Projected to open in late fall 2012, the performing
arts center is designed to serve both
the school and the community with superior
acoustics for musical and dramatic performances
as well as speeches. The mini-concert
hall with its 300 cushioned stadium seats will
be augmented by meeting room space and
adjacent dining area and a restaurant-quality
kitchen.
The arts center will be built entirely through
donations. In the true Big Sky tradition,
private, corporate and foundational giving
is critical. FOBSE has raised one thrid of the
funds already.
Other past and ongoing projects include providing
scholarships for individual and group
music lessons and to sponsoring local artistsin-
residence at the school.
FOBSE also coordinated a fundraiser last
summer, tallying over $100,000 for athletics
and an activities bus. The group’s biggest
initiative involved facilitating expansion of
the school district to include Lone Peak High
School.
Please visit friendsofbigskyeducation.org to
contribute to the performing arts center by
“purchasing a seat.”