East Aurora School District 131 will host its Fine Arts Festival on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Student artists, musicians and actors, from elementary school through high school, will showcase their talent at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora.
Performances will begin at 9 a.m. in the Arlene Hawks Auditorium. The auditorium lobby, as well as the commons area, will feature art galleries that will be open throughout the duration of the event. Over 750 pieces of elementary artwork will be on display.
The Festival will feature dramatic performances in the Little Theatre. In the gymnasium, bands from various East Aurora schools will perform musical selections. There will be choral shows in the Hawks Auditorium. And the first-floor hallways will be filled with paintings, drawings, photographs and other student artwork.
Brian Liska, Director of Bands at East High, said he was most excited about the elementary and middle school students having an opportunity to hear the wind ensemble perform. “It’s a great event to see the progression of band from 5th grade to high school.”
Liska said his high school students look forward to the event as well. “My students really enjoy hearing the 5th grade band because it reminds them of when they started, and just how far they have come in their abilities in just five to seven years.”
The Fine Arts Festival is a tradition in East Aurora School District 131 for more than 25 years, and incorporates the work of all grade levels.
This year a free activity area will be set up in the cafeteria featuring a balloon artist, face painting, and opportunities to take a selfie with artwork.
JoEllen Jacobs, teacher at Gates Elementary and one of the event organizers, said she enjoys watching the students as they participate. “It's always fun to see the students beam with pride as they show off their artwork to family and friends.”
Schedules and programs will be available at the event to guide visitors toward performances. Admission and parking are free.