Two internationally known artists will highlight the 17th annual All That Jazz benefit for the Tubman African American Museum on Friday night at the Macon City Auditorium.
The doors will open at 7 p.m., and those with floor seating will have dinner and drinks. There will also be balcony seating with a bar in that area. At 8 p.m., Pieces of a Dream will perform for about an hour, followed by an intermission with coffee and dessert. Then Phil Perry will perform for about an hour, said Nicole Abdou, the Tubmans director of sales and marketing.
An after party with AJ the DJ and dancing starts at 10 p.m. The event serves as the museums biggest fundraiser of the year and supports its educational programs and operations, Abdou said.
We have three big initiatives we hope this will help fund, she said. The latest and greatest is a distance learning project, which will include 12 pre-taped lessons. We know a lot of schools have lost their funding for field trips, and this is a way we can provide outreach to teachers.
The lessons will include videos that tie museum programs into class work, such as showing how African drumming relates to math, and can be downloaded from the museums website or ordered on DVD. Lessons will include vocabulary, character re-enactment and African dance, and the museum hopes to reach Georgia Performance Standards with them. Three schools will be in the pilot program.
Its a way we can reach across the nation and put Macon on the map. Were very excited about it. Buying a ticket for All that Jazz will help make this a reality, Abdou said, adding that the museum has a goal of raising about $90,000 and hopes the event will draw jazz lovers from around the region.
All That Jazz
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Macon City Auditorium, 415 First St.
Cost: $40 balcony seats; $125 table seating; $1,000 table for eight
Information: 743-8544, www.tubmanmuseum.com