Cultures celebrate food, dance, diversity at AMSA

With vivid color, contagious enthusiasm and spirited energy, Anoka Middle School for the Arts (AMSA) celebrated students’ cultural heritage during the second annual Multicultural Celebration April 4.

Faith Moua takes a turn performing a hip hop dance with Partic Moua (not pictured) during the April 4 Anoka Middle School for the Arts second annual Multicultural Celebration. Photo by Sue Austreng

Faith Moua takes a turn performing a hip hop dance with Partic Moua (not pictured) during the April 4 Anoka Middle School for the Arts second annual Multicultural Celebration. Photo by Sue Austreng

The celebration featured an eclectic menu, music, dance, cultural artifacts and performances.

After sampling foods from China, Kenya, Greece and Mexico, the celebration shifted into the auditorium where students took the stage and performed with song and dance, instruments and the spoken word.

Performance groups included the Anoka Middle School Fiddle Club, the school choir, AMSA Stepping Team, the Anoka Middle School World Drum Group, as well as several solo and duet performers, too. Also, six AMSA students regaled the audience with recited poetry.

Outside the auditorium, an eighth-grade advanced ILA art gallery adorned the area and featured students’ research projects inspired by art from around the world.

The entire evening was a celebration of life, art, music and food from around the world.

“This is just such a great opportunity to celebrate our students’ heritage and recognize and applaud their talents,” said Principal Jerri McGonigal.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

 

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