Arts festival back on London Schools schedule

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(Posted March 18, 2015)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

On March 10, London City Schools Superintendent Tom Ben announced the return of a district-wide arts festival.

It’s been at least four years since the district set aside a day to display the artistic and musical talents of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. That day this year is Saturday, April 11. Hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The event is open to the public and will take place at the high school and elementary school. Art will fill the commons area, hallways and cafeteria. Instrumental music performances will take place at the top of every hour in the auditorium. Vocal music performances are scheduled on the half-hour in the gymnasium. Food will be available for purchase in the cafeteria.

“We have a lot of good things to show moms and dads and grandparents and the people of the com-munity,” Ben said. “It’s a great opportunity for a community gathering.”

In the past, the arts festival has attracted hundreds of people, with 200 to 250 circulating through the displays and performances at any one time.

“It will be something I haven’t witnessed here, so I’m excited to see this,” Ben said.

London City Schools provides vocal music instruc-tion to all grades, instrumental music instruction starting in fifth grade, separate art instruction at the middle school and high school, and art instruction incorporated into the regular classroom at the elementary school.

Arts accomplishments

  • London High School’s show choir and concert band performed March 6 at the Ohio Music Education Association’s large group adjudicated contest. Both received overall superior ratings and qualified to participate at the state level.
  • Eleven London High School students advanced from regional to state judging in the annual Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition program. The state judging was set for March 14.

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