Arts Are Alive and Well in the Rockland Public Schools

The annual Rockland Public Schools’ Arts Festival was held on two nights this year, Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5.  

Bigger and better than ever, this Arts Festival, coordinated by Art Department Chairperson, Cheryl Thompson had something for everyone.

Artwork from all of Rockland’s public schools including pre-school, the elementary schools, the middle school and the high school were on display in the high school gymnasium for students, teachers, parents, and other members of the community to view.  

In addition to the Art Department’s exhibits, the Family and Consumer Science students’ work was also on display, as well as the Technology Department students’ projects.  The Robotics classes had their robots ready to command, and the Science Department had several exhibits including slime-making and a demonstration by the Rubik’s Cubers.

Rockland High School’s 2018 art and literary magazine, Images, was also unveiled for the festival.  Students were on hand to sell their newest edition, and also to write poems on-demand.

New this year, on Wednesday night, the English Department held a coffee house/open poetry mic from 7 to 8 pm in the high school/middle school library.  The venue transitioned nicely into the Blue Dog Café with soft lighting and a respectful crowd of poetry and music lovers, led by English teacher Chris Neal.

On Thursday, the Rockland Music Department presented a preview of its upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.  The show dates of the musical will be May 4 and May 5.

The RHS band and chorus and Zach Webb’s band also performed musical selections.

A student government scavenger hunt, Positivity Project activities, computer science coding demonstrations, and a crepe-making station rounded out this event-filled 2018 Rockland Public Schools Arts Festival.

 

RHS Principal John Harrison said, "This year's arts festival redefined art for our community. It was great to see such a wonderful variety of artwork representing many different mediums. Our students continue to impress us with their artistic talent and I am very grateful to our teachers who worked closely with our student artists to make this event possible."

Pictures and information provided by Ms. Mal Lannin-Cotton.

 

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