The Highland Arts Council (HAC) is hosting a one-day exposition on Saturday, Nov. 12 for young artists to put their talents on display and learn more from some local masters.
The HAC’s Youth Arts Expo will being held at the Lindendale Park Sharpshooters Ballroom, 2004 Park Hill Drive in Highland. The event is free and open to the public.
HAC sent out invitations to teachers at surrounding schools, home-schoolers, private instruction teachers, and was open to any child from sixth to 12th grades. All mediums were invited — visual arts, musicians, actors and writers.
“We had responses from several surrounding schools and individual artists,” said Lynnette Schuepbach, president of the Highland Arts Council. “The idea came from the Highland Arts Council board members looking for another avenue to promote the arts to youth.”
There will be around 20 kids showcasing photography, chalk pastels, painting, acting, instrumental performance at Saturday’s event. Visual artists were asked to prepare five pieces to showcase. Musicians, dancers and actors were asked to prepare one or two pieces to showcase for the audience.
Promoting the arts outside the school setting is important, Schuepbach said, especially at a time when public education programs are being cut due to budget constraints.
“HAC feels that this is a mistake when trying to encourage creative thinking within our youth, who are future business people and artists. The arts allow students and adults to work through problem-solving scenarios, which they may or may not experience in their own lives. Just as in any skill, the more creative experience a person has the more easily it will be to solve problems in other aspects of their lives,” said Schuepbach, an author and illustrator.
The expo will give artists a chance to network with one another, meet professionals and — most importantly — showcase their talents to the community.
“We at Highland Arts Council, with the support of the Highland Area Community Foundation, are eager to lift up these young artists,” said Shannon Mallrich, HAC vice president and chairperson of the Youth Art Expo. “We know that they are already fostering an appreciation of the arts in our communities and beyond.”
Visual artists: Danielle DeMay, Sophie Hustedde, Emily Johnston, Lincoln Kampwerth, Morgan Leady, MariEva Mallrich, Leah Sutton, Johnny Venhaus, Holland Wrobbel,
Vocalist: Hollyn Diamond
Musicians: Bailey J. DiGerlando, Hailey Gombos, Lydia Marti, Amanda Penberthy, Brooke Rheaume, Jacob Schalk,
Actor: Kayla Zurleine
Dancer: Connor McDonald
Youth Art Expo Agenda
9:30 to 10 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. Roundtable discussion, a chance for the young artists to network with one another and with professional artists
11 a.m. Welcome celebration
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Youth Artist Showcase, an opportunity for visual artists to display their work for the public and for our performers to perform for the public*
1:30 to 2 p.m. Closing Ceremony*
The public is invited to attend the Youth Artist Showcase and Closing Ceremony*