Anoka middle school celebrates art festival

Anoka Middle School for the Arts (AMSA) students had the opportunity to showcase their work with family and community members at the school’s art festival May 17.

Anoka Middle School for the Arts student Jacob Schimetz takes part in a pottery demonstration during the school’s art festival. Photo courtesy of Anoka-Hennepin School District

Anoka Middle School for the Arts student Jacob Schimetz takes part in a pottery demonstration during the school’s art festival. Photo courtesy of Anoka-Hennepin School District

An annual event, Jolanda Dranchak, AMSA curriculum integrator, said the arts festival featured many types of performance. Jazz band, dance, show choir, fiddle club and small group musical performances took place; the theatrical arts hosted an improvisation event; and every subject had some type of students’ work displayed.

New this year, due to the popularity of the game, was a Kendama contest organized by the student council. Dranchak said the performances drew large crowds and the students’ interactive stations were also popular.

The event offered families a chance to see the different things students learn and do at the district’s middle school for the arts.

“Families were able to see the wonderful things our children learn and do at AMSA throughout the year,” Dranchak said. “It was wonderful to see parents stopping by and inspecting a piece of artwork for a moment or commenting on another while walking by. Many art displays were completed in the core classes manifesting arts integration of our magnet school.”

Also available at the arts festival was the students’ annual literacy journal, “The Storm.” Dranchak said two of the school’s artist residents, Frank Sentwali and Rose McGee, were on hand to see the work students have done through inspiration of their residencies, and Sentwali read poetry from “The Storm” with the students.

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