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A guide to planning an arts festival.

A guide to planning an arts festival An arts festival or art fair is a festival that focuses on the visual arts, but which may also focus on other arts.

Arts festivals in the visual arts are exhibitions.
 

VARIETY IS "THE SPICE OF LIFE," and the spice of art festivals, too. Our annual school arts festival at Stoner ston·er  
n.
1. One that stones.

2. Slang
a. One who is habitually intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.

b. One who is a delinquent or failure.
 Hill Elementary Laboratory School in Shreveport, Louisiana offers exhibitions of art by every student in the school, hands-on art activities, demonstrations by professional artists, student musical performances, plays, puppet shows, balloon sculptures and crawfish crawfish: see crayfish.  races.

Initially, we began our arts festival to enhance the self-esteem of our students by showcasing their music and artwork, but our festival has grown over the years to also promote our school activities and enrichment programs, and to involve the students, parents, teachers and community of our school. With careful planning and an enthusiastic staff, your school can easily present a successful arts festival tailored to your needs.

The first steps in planning an arts festival should involve your entire staff in discussion, perhaps at a faculty meeting early in the school year. Coordination and major planning may fall to a committee of teachers, but all the teachers in the school need to be aware and involved so that they may plan activities for their particular classrooms.

A theme helps teachers to develop a focus in coordinating and planning activities. Themes we have used include "Countries of the World," "Louisiana" and "Our American Heritage American Heritage can refer to:
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  • The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
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  • American Heritage School, a small private school in Broward County, Florida
." Such themes may be developed to fit your locality, school environment or programs, or other specific interests.

After a theme is chosen, teachers should incorporate it into their lessons and activities throughout the year. The festival should be scheduled for late spring, to allow time for practice of plays and puppet shows, and for collection of student artwork (labeled with the child's name, grade and classroom); to take advantage of good weather; and to present the culmination of the year's work for families and the community. We schedule our festival for a Sunday afternoon in April to give working parents an opportunity to attend, and to make use of the warm days of spring.

Our festival must be held predominantly outside, as our auditorium/cafeteria is small, but we have expanded to use all available areas of our school, both covered and open. An alternative plan for rain involves using classrooms for some activities. You will need to make plans according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 your building and space facilities.

Much of the planning work involved can be done early. Local artists (recruited from parents whenever possible) can be invited to demonstrate or display their work during the festival, and hand-on activities may be planned and prepared for setup. Activities we have offered are always free to the children, and have included clay, stencilling, wire sculpture Wire sculpture refers to the creation of sculpture or jewellery (sometimes called wire wrap jewellery) out of wire. The medium was experimented with by Alexander Calder.  and various forms of printmaking printmaking

Art form consisting of the production of images, usually on paper but occasionally on fabric, parchment, plastic, or other support, by various techniques of multiplication, under the direct supervision of or by the hand of the artist.
. Parent volunteers should be enlisted for each activity and to help with other jobs, such as selling soda and popcorn, or with parking. Signs and nametags for volunteers and teachers can be prepared and decorated by students.

In the weeks before the festival, a schedule of activities should be drawn up, and performance times assigned for each class. Press releases should be prepared and distributed, along with other promotional materials such as posters, newsletters and invitations to parents and friends. For our Louisiana-themed festival last year, we hand delivered student-made paper crawfish to local newspapers and television stations. Our promotion paid off: the crawfish (sort of our state crustaceans) were shown on the television news and featured in the newspaper, and a photographer was sent to our school during the festival. Publicity is an important factor in enhancing the image of the school in the community, and helps promote attendance at your festival while also fostering pride in the student body.

In the week preceding the festival, all of the artwork can be hung. We are fortunate to have many wall-hung and free standing bulletin boards around our school, but we also tape work to walls, hang it from lines and suspend mobiles from the ceilings. Art covers our school by the last school day before the festival, a day in which all the classes rehearse re·hearse  
v. re·hearsed, re·hears·ing, re·hears·es

v.tr.
1.
a. To practice (a part in a play, for example) in preparation for a public performance.

b.
 their performances according to schedule.

The day of the festival, teachers, volunteers and a crew of students should arrive early to hang streamers Streamers is a play by David Rabe.

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 and signs, set up tables and activities, and prepare for the expected crowd. As parents and children arrive and the festival begins, it soon becomes a whirlwind whirlwind, revolving mass of air resulting from local atmospheric instability, such as that caused by intense heating of the ground by the sun on a hot summer day.  of color not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.

See also: Color
 and noise, of smiling children, happy, camera-laden parents and joyful joy·ful  
adj.
Feeling, causing, or indicating joy. See Synonyms at glad1.



joyful·ly adv.
 activity. Enjoy your success.
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Title Annotation:on the elementary school level
Author:Reynold, Nancy
Publication:School Arts
Date:Apr 1, 1989
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