Art, music, dance, and drama took center stage on Saturday, March 31, during Cardinal Gibbons first Fine Arts Festival, “Creating in the 21st Century”. The festival, free and open to the public, took place from 1 to 8 p.m. in the school theater and fine arts hallway.
The Fine Arts Department has grown steadily over the past several years. With more than 800 of the school’s 1,200 plus students involved in some way with the arts, the department offers an extensive array of fine arts courses.
Given that growth, Fine Arts department members began last year to plan the festival, which Rebecca Grant Dason, the department’s chair, said, “offers an opportunity for guests to experience a sampling of all our class programs in one day.”
Percussion instructor Hal Sargent agreed and added: “The festival gives all fine arts disciplines a chance to show what makes their discipline and students shine.”
During the festival students in each discipline performed for 15 minutes in the school theater. (See schedule of performances). In between performances, there were short intermissions during which audience members viewed a power point presentation of students’ work.
Dance student Celia Burger ‘14, right, performed a solo and was thrilled to participate in the festival. “Performing is an amazing way to express art and emotion,” she said. “This solo allows me to share my passion for dance with the audience.”
Throughout the festival students’ art works were on exhibit in the Fine Arts hallway. Later in the evening the percussion ensemble and the wind ensemble each performed a concert.
"I think it is great to offer snapshots of all the fine arts during a one-day festival," dance instructor Brooks Owens said. "It is important to celebrate the fine arts at Gibbons."