A two-week, district-wide celebration of the arts will get underway Saturday at Eagle Rock High School, the Los Angeles Unified School District has announced.
LAUSD Arts Fest 2014, the first of its kind in the school district, will showcase student art across a variety of platforms, including music, dance, film, theater and visual arts, according to LAUSD.
Arts Fest runs from March 1 to March 14 as part of Arts Education Month “to raise awareness about the importance of arts education” and to raise funds to support school-based and district-wide arts program, according to LAUSD’s announcement.
Arts Fest is the brainchild of Hamilton High School student Jordyn Sacino who responded to a LAUSD’s “My Bright Idea” Challenge by proposing, “Why not use art to save art.” Sancino.
The first of several events takes place this Saturday, March 1 at Eagle Rock High School (1750 Yosemite Dr. LA). The 3rd Annual East Side Arts Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will feature numerous performances, student films and art workshops.
Arts Fest’s grand finale takes place March 15 at LA County’s Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. More than 2,000 students are scheduled to perform throughout the day. Program includes live student performances; artist market; screening of student short films; creativity zone; a mass performance to Pete Seeger’s “Turn, Turn, Turn”; vendor booths, celebrities, food trucks and giveaways.
Other local schools holding events prior to the finale include:
—Esteban Torres High School’s “2014 Choreographer’s Showcase,” featuring the East LA Performing Arts Academy Dance Company and Torres High Dance Team, on Thursday, March 6 at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium: 4211 Dozier ST., L.A. Admission is $1.
—Florence Nightingale Middle School’s “5th Annual Talent Showcase” on March 13, from 3 to 4p.m. School’s address is 3311 N. Figueroa St. in Cypress Park. Admission is $3.
3:00-4:30 PM, School Auditorium
— Sotomayor School of History and Dramatic Arts “Coffee House” Talent Showcase On March 13, 4-6p.m., in the Multipurpose Room: 2050 San Fernando Rd, LA. Admission is $4.
For more information and a complete list of Arts Fest sites, go to artsfest.lausd.net.