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March 4 - 6, 2016 for STUDENT ARTISTS
The St Charles Arts Council presents ArtsFest | St Charles, the All-City, All-Arts Event for STUDENT ARTISTS - an annual event that takes place the first weekend in March to align with Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Month - nationally recognized annual observances to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. ArtsFest will encompass venues that feature art and video galleries, music, and dance, which will showcase the performing and visual art of kindergarten – college student artists.
The Call to Artists - in ALL Artistic Disciplines [performing and visual arts] is out NOW.
Presented and Sponsored by the St Charles Arts Council, American Legion Post 342, AMVETS Post 503, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5036, and P-ARTS/East High School in partnership with School District 303
Inaugural Event, Saturday, November 7 – Saturday, November 14, 2015
All veterans served our country, whether or not they fought in a war, were drafted, or volunteered. That service deserves our respect and admiration. It also demands that those of us who benefitted from that service learn about it – and art plays a crucial role in that education. Art is a vehicle to tell veterans’ stories of service and sacrifice. Artists are a voice for veterans and provide us all with vehicles for remembrance.
Event Purpose: to give veterans an opportunity to tell their stories of service through the arts – the written and spoken word, visual art and video, and the performing arts – and to give the community a chance to learn more about veterans and their experiences through art.
Featured Program of the CVTA: VETERAN HONOR SHOW at the Arcada Theatre
The Veteran Honor Show was part Concert and part Theater, combining music, videos, and the spoken word to tell veterans' stories. Attendees at this wonderful show were given the opportunity to learn more about veterans' service and to give our veterans the visible gift of their support.
Performers were: The St. Charles Singers Ensemble | Mark Ponzo | Jim Green | Charl McAllister | Richard Williams | Patrikc Mola | Scott Surowiecki | Gordon Bellaver [audio]
Mark Ponzo, trumpet | Jim Green, vocals&acoustic guitar | CHAR McAllister, vocals | Gordon Bellaver, Star Spangled Banner [audio]
Very Special Thanks to Onesti Entertainment for the use of the Arcada for this evening.
Other CVTA Programs:
“Yes, I Served and I’m Your Neighbor”
A gallery of photographs of veterans then and now. Guy J. Bellaver, Army Veteran and project curator explains – “We used to know everyone in our community – we knew who served, whose kid served, and if a family had lost someone in a war. In today’s mobile society, we’ve lost a lot of that community knowledge – and vets typically don’t tell people they served. So we want to give vets and the community a chance to change that.”
neXt gallery Gallery Theme – “Stories”
Writers: Wayne Johnson [veteran], Jay Payleitner, and Tricia Marcella Cimera.
Videographers: STC East High School Class of 2017 and Eric Walter.
Visual Artists are listed at: neXtgalleryStCharles.org
This juried art gallery included the work of veterans using the mediums of visual and video art to tell their stories, and the work of artists who are not veterans exploring the theme of “Stories”. The gallery displayed the written and video interviews of veterans done by local writers and East H.S. '17’s Library of Congress Veterans Interview Project.
The gallery also included exterior windows painted by STC East High School students. Designer: Nina Grover and Production Team: Caela Obrecht | Leah Kelly | Will McCarthy | Sydney Aganon | Nina Grover
East High School Advisers: Mike Karson | Neil Currie
Installation Art Project by Artist Rita Grendze – “Surfacing”
A sculptural project installed on the front lawn of the Baker Community Center, this installation communicated the theme of veterans telling their stories of service and sacrifice. More about this project: neXtgalleryStCharles.org
A short video interview with Rita Grendze about the project during its installation.
St. Charles North High School Concert Bands' Veterans Day Concert
This concert is a tribute to Veterans' service to this great nation. For the students and community, it emphasizes the importance of Veterans Day, enabling us to honor our veterans and thank them for giving us the gift of freedom.
Visual Art Exhibition:
Skeeter Aschinger, Catie Barron, Guy J. Bellaver, Amy Klapperich Furio, John Granata, Gabriela Guganovic, Anne Ressman-Zabinski, Howard Russo, Kai Schulte, Laura Stoecker, Todd Willing, Linda Wininger, Carol Zack, Ed Zack, Danuta Loane
Catie Barron painting "live"
Bart Woodstrup, Assistant Professor, College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Art and Design – Time Arts, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.
Russ Devereaux [STC East grad and a spellbinding performer]
Mike Aleckson - guitar.
The first work from the arts council’s Silken Thread - By and About Artists program
Zoe Hamilton - Dance in a Little Space
Thanks to the Heritage Center for some great photos and a playbill from the Idle Hour Theatre
An “immersive” arts experience and a fun party!
Anyone interested in the arts or interested in what the arts can do for the community, join the campaign!
2nd Annual ARTSFest | St. Charles [Student Artist Event]
March 6 - 8, 2015
The St Charles Arts Council, in partnership with Northern Illinois University, presented the All-City, All-Arts Event for STUDENT ARTISTS - an annual event that takes place the first weekend in March to align with Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Month - nationally recognized annual observances to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Charlie’s will encompass venues that feature art an2nd d video galleries, music, and dance, which will showcase the performing and visual art of kindergarten – college student artists.
Thanks to WDCB for their promotional sponsorship.
If you're a student artist, teacher, parent, volunteer, or arts-based business - in any artistic discipline - and are interested in being involved in this event next year, please contact the SCAC at 630.443.3794 or ArtistLiaison@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org.
Images from the 2014 Event
Images from the 2014 Student Event - courtesy of Amy Furio and Claudia Frost