Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Community Fund
Vocal and instrumental music performances, art demonstrations and senior talks by high school student artists, and the opening of the Dearborn Public Schools City Wide Art Show will be featured at the 2014 Youth in Arts Festival from 4 to 8:30 p.m. April 16 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Admission is free to this showcase highlighting the creative talents of over 400 students from DPS and Henry Ford Community College.
DEARBORN – The 2014 Youth in Arts Festival, a showcase highlighting the creative talents of over 400 students from Dearborn Public Schoolsand Henry Ford Community College, takes place from 4 to 8:30 p.m. April 16 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.
The festival features visual, instrumental, choral and theatrical offerings and the opening of the DPS City Wide Art Show. Admission is free and open to the public.
The festival is a project of the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund.
“This event is truly a festival — not just a concert — because of the variety and high spirited energy of the art and the performances by Dearborn students,” DCF Executive Director EmmaJean Woodyard said.
“It’s exciting for everyone involved because this is the one time during the year that all of the schools in Dearborn showcase their arts initiatives at one time, in one place, to demonstrate how many of our young people are involved in the arts. It’s also offers a unique opportunity for the students to see and hear what their peers are doing.”
Festival activities begin at 4 p.m. with the opening of DPS City Wide Art Show at the Padzieski Gallery. The exhibit, which remains in the gallery through May 28, includes selected works from K-12 students. Opening remarks will be given at 4:10 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater followed by senior talks in the gallery at 5:30 p.m.
Artist demonstrations in the theater lobby commence at 6:30 p.m. with music provided by the Dearborn Youth Symphony Flute Ensemble. Representatives from the Dearborn Symphony and Friends of the Dearborn Symphony will host an information table.
The Collage Performance, under the direction of G. Kevin Dewey begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Guido Theater. Special guest performers include DPS graduates violinist Linda (Puroff) Tolias and actor/singer Darrow Bernick. Joining Tolias for her performance will be her husband, violinist Peter Tolias.
Choral performances will include the Elementary Honors Choir, Jim Walters, director; the Secondary Honors Choir, Jennifer Pegouske, director; Fordson High School Vocal Ensemble, Matthew Laura, director; and an HFCC Vocal Ensemble, G. Kevin Dewey, director.
Instrumental performances will be provided by the Maples Music Ensemble, Catherine Prowse, director; Dearborn High School Concert Band and a Sax Quartet, Jeff Oshnock, director; and Smith Middle School’s Orchestra and Band, Eric Shea, director.
Edsel Ford theater arts performers under the direction of Robert Doyle will perform selections from “Peter Pan.”
The Youth in Arts Festival is a co-operative project by the DCF, DPS and HFCC with valuable support provided by the city of Dearborn Parks & Recreation Department, Dearborn Community Arts Council and Margaret Schaefer.
The DCF is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to support cultural and recreational programs in Dearborn.