The annual Festival of the Arts, a celebration of our students’ musical and artistic abilities, was held Friday evening at Bishop Kearney. This year’s theme was the “Sounds of Spring are Alive and Buzzing with Creativity”.
The evening began with a performance by our color guard and drumline. Inspired by the movie Drumline, the drumline performed a complex and challenging drum routine that riled up the audience. There were also performances by our band, that played theme music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones, the chorus, and the Tiger Tones, our acapella group, all under the direction of our very talented musical director, Ms. Anastasia Rege. To add to the evening, we had solo piano and dance performances.
On display was artwork from all our art classes--acrylic paintings, oil paintings, & drawings in different media, as well as artwork from the Watercolor Society Club and drawings from our Anime Club. A special mural created by our Mixed Media class called "BKHS Pieces of our History" was unveiled, highlighting events in Bishop Kearney. Jewelry designed by our students in the same class was also on display.
For the first time, the Festival featured projects from our Fab Lab incorporating a STEAM educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Displays included "Ancient Architectural Structures" created by Dr. Protano's Global class as well as Mrs. Marshall's Health class project "Fab Diet Food Trucks". The art classes, inspired by the movie Carousel, also a revival on Broadway, created working carousels called "Art History Charged Up". Each group created working carousels based on different periods of art history from prehistoric to contemporary art. Amusement park drawings accompanied this project celebrating the 125th anniversary of amusement parks in America.
The collaboration and creative talents of everyone involved in this year's Festival made it a huge success.