NEW CANAAN — Appreciation of the arts combined with community service when the New Canaan schools held a fundraising Celebration of the Arts Friday evening to help both Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School upgrade its sound and lighting equipment.

Musicians and singers of all ages from various schools in town, as well as some faculty members, brought their talent to play at the high school for the gala concert, which included an appreciative showing of some student fine art as well.

“I have to tell you, it’s been a long haul and the kids have been resilient,” said Alan Sneath, director of visual and performing arts, noting the inconvenience of programming at Saxe due to renovation of the auditorium.

“I’m so, so proud of our students and our teachers,” he said.