What a day! Twice as many students as last year attended Artsfest on October 20th, bringing with them family and friends who all enjoyed a day of music, drama, film and visual arts. The woodshop had a queue out of the door as adults and children built boxes, chairs and tables. Drama performances in the black box ranged from polished performances by High School students to some confident and witty improvisation from the 7th grade drama class - including some excellent audience participation!
A lovely contrast to the noise and bustle was the embroidery space - watching generations work together to learn the basics of sewing, creating between them a map of the world, was quite moving. As always the ceramics area was popular, with Mr. Clark hard at work for the whole day. Although some children seemed to leave wearing more clay than they had in their hand, some lovely pieces were created. Music performances were informal but professional and showcased where our students are at at the present moment. Risks were taken and the audience supported all children who stepped out into the lights. Boomwhacker, drum circle and visual arts workshops were well attended and everyone left with a sense of satisfaction and a new skill!
One exciting new development was the costume room sale. We raised over $2000 by selling off costumes from previous productions. We also raised some money by selling student artwork. This money will be used to buy pedestals to display 3D artwork in the gallery, and to buy two big benches for people to sit on as they view work in the gallery space. A massive thank you must go to our PTA Rep, Mrs. Amelia Allred who spearheaded this initiative, and to all the PTA parents (and children!) who helped before and during the event.
The day ended with the community orchestra - parents, teachers and students all gathered together to make music. The fact that no one wanted to stop, and that people were still playing as we moved the furniture around them, sums up the day. A huge thank you to everyone who came, and spent money and time on the arts at ISP.
The atmosphere was one of fun and collaboration, and it was a true celebration of the arts!