Upcoming Fine Arts Events:
- Thursday, May 26: Summer Band Concert
- Tuesday, May 31: Summer Chorus Concert
- Thursday, June 2: Upper School theatre performances (“The Next Big Thing” and “13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview”)
- Friday, June 3: K-12 Fine Arts Showcase
Fine Arts Happenings:
Chorus Concert Rescheduled
Due to a death in the family, we will be rescheduling our summer chorus concert to Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00 pm in the IPAC. Thank you for your patience and flexibility with this difficult situation.
Eighth-grade student Ella Bazley is a member of the IC Imagine theatre department. This spring, Ella completed all of the blocking for our Middle School play, “Fancy Nancy and the Ants.” She planned all of the movements for all of the actors on stage and ran rehearsals to teach that movement to all of her fellow actors. She is also the co-founder of a neighborhood theatre group called “Bent Creek Playground Productions” where they have completed six shows and are currently working on their upcoming show, “Annie.” Ella did an outstanding job on our Imagine production and we can’t wait to see her future accomplishments! Keep up the great work Ella!
Huge thank you to everyone who worked on the committee, donated items, participated in the online auction, purchased raffle tickets, and attended our Kingfisher Derby! We were able to raise over $30,000 which will be used to continue outfitting our Imagine Performing Arts Center with a stage, curtains, and additional audio and visual equipment.
Skate Shop Art Gallery
On May 3 our Middle School visual arts students displayed skate decks at Push! Skate Shop in downtown Asheville. This outstanding gallery featured work from students in grades 6-8 and also helped raise funds for the Asheville Skate Foundation. We even had a student whose skate deck was purchased from the show!
Our Band and Chorus students traveled to Carowinds on Friday, May 20 to perform for judges and have a day of fun in the park. We had six groups that each performed three pieces and all received Superior and Excellent ratings. Congratulations to all of these students and their directors for all of their hard work! Thank you also to all of the chaperones who traveled with the group to provide supervision and support.
Billy Jonas Performance
Our K-5 students had a special guest performance on Friday, May 20 from Billy Jonas! The entire Lower School gathered in the gym to enjoy this exciting time together as a community. Thank you to Mrs. Nilo for setting up this amazing opportunity for our students!
AP Studio Art and Music Theory
We had seven Upper School students that completed Advanced Placement requirements for Fine Arts courses for the first time this year! Congratulations to our AP Studio Art students who completed a portfolio that was submitted to the AP College Board for grading. Thank you to their teacher, Mrs. Clark, for providing them the support they needed to prepare and complete their work! Congratulations to our AP Music Theory students who took a rigorous exam that involved listening, music analysis, composition, and singing components. Thank you to their teacher, Mr. Wellman, for teaching and preparing them throughout the year! With completion of these courses and exams, students have the opportunity to earn college credit, depending on their final exam score.
Mrs. Guss’s Art 3 and Ms. Clark’s Life Design students have just begun a collaborative mural in the style of multimedia artist Jen Stark. Stay tuned for updates on their progress and the final installation outside of the IPAC!
The 2nd and 3rd grades have been learning about Reader’s Theatre. Reader’s Theatre is a performance using scripts and making the words come to life with our voice characterizations. Each 2nd and 3rd grade class performed in the IPAC for a fellow 2nd or 3rd grade class. We also had poetry readings using our voices to bring color and character to the poetry.
Honors Society Inductions
We were very excited to induct new members in our Fine Arts Honors Societies on May 17! Congratulations to our new National Art Honors Society members: Kai Boseman, Shannon Cross, Grace Emmert, and Emily Gaines, as well as our new National Junior Art Honors Society members: Isabella Shimer, Kelsey Trayford, Maxwell Vaughan, and Maia Woodruff. Our International Thespians Society Troupe 8519 inducted the following new members: Rami Ahlers, Aela Altman-Jacobs, Bella Bennett-Murphy, Ranya Ilayan, Ben Johnston, Alexander King-Salvatore, and Malachi Mena as well as recognizing their newly elected officers and graduating seniors.
K-5 Investment Sharing Night
On Monday, May 23 we had our K-5 investment sharing night! Students and their families had the opportunity to participate in multiple activities with their investment teachers and show off some of the things they have learned throughout the year. Ms. Cumings and Mrs. Nilo led dances and theatre games in the IPAC, Mr. Jackson did landscape and seascape guided drawings, Mrs. Beckett offered Spanish activities, and Coach Kearns set up an obstacle course in the gym. Thanks to our fantastic teachers for offering these opportunities and to all of our families that joined us for this fun event. Even though we had to be move indoors, we still had a great time sharing together!
Fine Arts Showcase
Please make sure that your calendars are marked to join us on Friday, June 3rd for our K-12 Fine Arts Showcase! This annual event features artwork from our K-12 visual arts students, performances from soloists and small ensembles in our band and chorus as well as scenes performed by an Upper School theatre class. This drop-in event from 5:00-7:00pm allows families to walk through our space and view a “snapshot” of different disciplines within our Fine Arts department and some of the outstanding work they have done throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you there!