WEST NEWBURY — This Thursday’s arts festival at Pentucket Regional High School is organized and run entirely by student artists.
Every May, for decades, educators from the Pentucket Department of Fine and Performing Arts have capped off their year by inviting the community to witness and enjoy the achievements of the next generation of musicians, singers, actors and visual artists at the Arts Festival, one of the most comprehensive and comprehensive arts experiences in the region.
So when the students learned that the district had cut funding for the festival, they decided to take matters into their own hands. Thanks to their combined efforts, the Pentucket Tri-City Area will once again have the chance to come together for an evening of creative celebration on Thursday, May 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the high school.
As in the past, there will still be musical performances in the cafeteria, which along with the hallways will once again be transformed into visual art galleries showcasing the talented painters, photographers, illustrators, collages, sculptors, and more. of Pentucket.
Throughout the evening, the Pentucket Arts Foundation (www.pentucketarts.org) is offering refreshments including homemade sweet and savory treats for purchase, with all proceeds going to Tri-City area arts.
Concerned about the status of the cherished spring event, the nonprofit Arts Foundation plans to meet with Pentucket Regional School District Superintendent Dr. Justin Bartholomew later this spring. The discussion will include brainstorming ways he could partner with the district to ensure a vibrant and authentic community performance and exhibit component next year. The goal is to find a way to restore and maintain its fine and performing arts programming in 2023 and beyond.
In correspondence with the Arts Foundation in early March, Bartholomew emphasized the importance of the arts to the district, which he said is underscored by the arts-centric design of the new $146 million middle/high school. .
“The new 7-12 building is designed to deliberately put the arts at the centre. When entering the building from the back to the front or the sides, the arts are the centerpiece of this building, and that is intentional. PRSD will continue to offer a variety of arts classes and fill these spaces with students who are enthusiastic about the arts and who can perform and showcase their talents to the community,” the superintendent said.
But for this spring, it is the young artists themselves who have mobilized so that this free and family salute to the arts is once again open and accessible to the public.