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Youth in Arts Festival
Visual art, vocal performances and instrumental music will stir the senses on Wednesday, April 25, at the 2012 Youth in Arts Festival and opening of the 2012 Dearborn Public Schools City Wide Art Show.
Hundreds of talented Dearborn students from kindergarten through high school will perform, display and demonstrate their arts during exhibits and a collage concert at the event.
The public is invited to attend this free program, a cooperative project by the Dearborn Community Fund and the Dearborn Public Schools.
“We called this the Youth in Arts Festival—not just a concert—because of the variety and high spirited energy of the program,” explains EmmaJean Woodyard, executive director of the Dearborn Community Fund.
“This event is really exciting for everyone involved because it’s the one time during the year that all of the schools in Dearborn pool all of their arts initiatives together at one time, in one place, to demonstrate how many of our young people are involved in the arts.”
Honorary chairs for the evening are Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.; DCF Chair Karen Nigosian, and Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston.
Special guest performers include Dearborn public schools graduates who have pursued careers in the arts.
Actor, composer, performer and Dearborn Public Schools teacher Paul Bruce will open the show with a musical number.
Also performing will be Dearborn High School and Wayne State University graduate Kira Frabotta, a vocal artist who sings professionally across the region, most recently in a Dearborn Symphony Pops Concert.
The Youth in Arts Festival features art demonstrations and the artwork of students participating in the all-school City Wide Art Show exhibit in the Padzieski Art Gallery. The art show runs April 25 through May 28.
Choral performances will highlight the voices of students in the Elementary Honors Choir directed by Jim Walters, the Secondary Honors Choir directed by Jennifer Pegouske, the Dearborn High School Choir directed by Carmelle Atkins, and the Henry Ford Community College Blue Fusion Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of G. Kevin Dewey.
Dearborn High School Theater students will add a dramatic element to the program under the direction of Greg Viscomi.
Representing the power and passion of instrumental arts, the collage concert includes performances of the Fordson Jazz Band conducted by Scott Guthre, the Edsel Ford High School Chamber Group conducted by Mike Kalasz, and the Maples Music Ensemble conducted by Catherine Odam-Prowse. Dearborn Youth Symphony ensemble directed by Donna Olkowski will perform in the theater lobby.
The Youth in Arts Festival is a cooperative project by the Dearborn Community Fund and the Dearborn Public Schools, with support from the Dearborn Community Arts Council and the Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation.
More About Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center is a very modern facility that utilizes high ceilings and natural light to its advantage. Inside there is a senior center, a fitness center, a climbing wall, tables for doing work or eating and a theater. The Michael A. Guido theater holds music, dance and theater classes and performances. Outside the center grounds there are two baseball fields, a soccer field, a playground and some interesting outdoor workout equipment.
Other events here
- Dearborn Youth Symphony Auditions May 21, 2013 / May 22, 2013 / May 23, 2013, 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
- Studio A Comedy Cafe Now Open Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm–12:00 am
- Constituent Hours with Rep. Darany January 25, 2013 / February 22, 2013 / March 22, 2013 / April 26, 2013 / May 31, 2013 / June 28, 2013 / July 26, 2013 / August 23, 2013 / September 27, 2013 / October 25, 2013, 11:00 am–1:00 pm