Visual, performing arts on the rise following committee’s formation

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 07:08 PM.

The Music at the Library performance series presents local musicians, while monthly music and poetry jams allow fans to exercise their artistic passions. Regular creative events include children’s crafting classes. Manga art shows allow teens to express their creativity in the popular genre of Japanese comic book graphic art.

Nurturing young artists

Local schools fulfill a vital role in identifying kids’ inherent creative gifts and nurturing these skills. From elementary through high school, instruction in visual and performing arts broadens young minds and, educators say, sharpens their skills in subjects including mathematics and science.

Northwood Elementary School's recent conversion to an arts and sciences academy is a prime example. Its programs will prepare young artists for extended instruction at Davidson and Shoal River Middle Schools, from which they funnel to Crestview High School's state and nationally recognized choral and instrumental music, dramatic arts and visual arts programs.

Spring and fall theatrical productions and concerts by the 130-voice chorus and nearly 300-piece Big Red Machine band demonstrate area students’ performing arts capabilities. The visual arts department's annual spring art show at Crestview High School fills the school library for a week. The school's culinary arts program caters the opening reception.

A performance place

Gigi Allen, whose husband Bob was, at the time, a Crestview City Councilman, formed the Friends of the Arts under the less fancy name of simply “the piano committee.” It would find and procure, at no expense to Crestview taxpayers, a grand piano for Warriors Hall, the auditorium in the then newly acquired Whitehurst Municipal Building.

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