On April 7, Wooster City School District hosted its 20th district-wide Fine Arts Festival in celebration of the artistic contributions of students in grades kindergarten through 12. This year’s event, which was sponsored by Wayne Savings Bank and the Wooster Education Association, was held at Wooster High School (WHS) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The teachers selected artwork from all grade levels, including 2D and 3D pieces. The artwork selected represented the diverse talents of their students, hoping to acknowledge the widest number of students possible.
After the artwork was selected, all of the pieces were displayed in the WHS Commons and judged by community members at the festival. Every student whose work was displayed received a ribbon for participating. Students also received awards for various categories, with one student winning the grand People’s Choice Award, which was voted on by attendees throughout the day.
“This was a very special year for the festival, especially since it was the 20th annual celebration of student artwork,” said Kristin Broda, WHS drama teacher and Fine Arts Festival coordinator. “There was such a wide range of students represented, and probably close to 1,000 people came to the high school throughout the day to view the artwork.”
In addition to showcasing the artwork, student performances took place throughout the day, including performances from the band, choir, drama students and more. New to this year’s festival was a free photo booth and a community work of art: a large canvas that displayed a “W” for Wooster and the word “United.”
The festival was held in conjunction with the Drama Club’s spring production of Our Town, so community members had the option to attend both the Fine Arts Festival and the play on the same day.
All signs for the event were designed and donated by Sign Design in Wooster.
“The Fine Arts Festival is always an entertaining and enriching event for the district and community,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “We are all so incredibly proud of our faculty who commit months of hard work ensuring a fabulous and successful event. Our students’ work and skill was certainly on full display.”