Take Flight

Take Flight II supports the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts while enriching artistic Collaboration, increasing visibility of downtown, promoting tourism, and celebrating community in the Hagerstown Arts and Entertainment district.

As part of Taking Flight II, forty-five sponsored hot air balloon sculptures will be artistically decorated and placed in downtown Hagerstown in April and May 2011. All hot air balloons that are not acquired through the Soaring Sponsorship will be auctioned at the Hot Air Balloon Festival & Glow Event in May 2011. The hot air balloon was chosen because, like the Take Flight butterfly, it symbolizes a soaring vision for our community – downtown revitalization, a new school for the arts, and students being able to “take flight” through artistic expression.

The mission of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts is to provide students with a rigorous, comprehensive, college preparatory curriculum rooted in intense pre-professional training in the arts that encourages excellence and success in their personal development as students, artists, and cultural leaders. The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to ensure success for students through cultivating and securing public and private funding for the school.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return”
Leonardo da Vinci