Hundreds of student musicians, artists, actors and singers from nearly a dozen schools in the West San Fernando Valley will be participating in Los Angeles Unified's first-ever Arts Fest, a two-week showcase of the district’s artistic talent.
The event began March 1 and will continue through March 14, with individual schools hosting musical, dance and theatrical performances. The festival will culminate March 15 at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, where more than 2,000 students are slated to perform.
“Because art has such a broad and powerful impact on our society, we must continue to raise awareness of its importance and influence in our schools and beyond,” said Steven McCarthy, director of the district’s K-12 music programs.
The events include a Spring Concert at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, by student musicians at Hale Charter Middle School in Woodland Hills
Granada Hills Charter High School will be holding its Spring Music Gala at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, with performances by both music and choral group.
The musical “Pippin” will be performed at 7 p.m. March 7 and 8, and again on March 14 and 15, in the multipurpose room at Cleveland High School in Reseda.
Arts Fest in the Park will begin at 10 a.m. March 15, in front of Los Angeles City Hall. Students will be performing on stages erected around Grand Park, and they will also participate in a mass performance of Pete Seeger’s “Turn, Turn, Turn,” slated for the noon hour.
Choral groups from four elementary schools from Board District 3 are on the program: Germain, Justice, Limerick and Melvin. In addition, a dance troupe from the performing arts magnet at Millikan Middle School will be appearing on stage, as will the jazz band from Grant High School.
“There are so many amazing and talented kids in LAUSD,” Board Member Tamar Galatzan said. “This festival allows us to celebrate their accomplishments, along with the hard work of their teachers and parents.”