The 22nd ArtsExpress will showcase the fine arts talents, experiences and opportunities explored by students and members of the Huntington County community.
The festival will be held at Crestview Middle School on Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ArtsExpress 2014 includes works by more than 1,500 students in kindergarten through 12th grade from each school in Huntington County. Highlights of the festival will include both the visual and performing arts.
ArtsExpress displays a variety of mediums and styles. The 100-plus pieces feature painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media, computer graphics and crafts.
The festival will also include feature presentations, hands-on experiences and other highlights such as Yewande, presented in collaboration with Victory Noll Center.
Yewande will perform from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the auditeria. The program she will deliver is a multicultural lecture concert, "Rhythms, Rhymes and Race."
Her program is geared toward empowerment and leadership while embracing diversity.
Yewande is an award-winning musician, lecturer and ambassador. She has shared stage with groups such as Black Eyed Peas and Maroon 5. She supports diversity programs to bridge the gap between leadership and culture through activism for students.
In addition, performances from a variety of groups and individuals will take place all day in the auditeria:
• 9:15 a.m. - Children's Choir of Huntington County.
• 10 a.m. - Crestview Seventh-Grade Choir.
• 10:30 a.m. - Flint Springs Falconears.
• 11:30 a.m. - Crestview Eighth-Grade Choir.
• Noon - Northwest Rockin' Explorers.
• 12:45 p.m. - Crestview Cougar First Edition.
• 1:30 p.m. - Lincoln Voices of Pride.
In the lobby, make-it, take-it activities will be hosted by Huntington art teachers free of charge.
Local artist Angela Ellsworth will conduct printmaking experiences for participants to explore techniques.
Bead blowing and clay throwing demonstrations will be given by HNHS students and art teacher Terri Fuller-O'Brien and the HNHS Art Club will host other activities.
Concessions will be sponsored by the Crestview Band. Proceeds will support the CMS band program.
There is no charge to attend ArtsExpress. Some of the art is for sale.
All attending the event are invited to vote on their favorite high school artwork to receive the People's Choice Framing Award. Four Corners Custom Framing will donate framing for the selected piece. The student's work will be displayed at the Horace Mann Education Center. Afterward, the recipient will receive their framed art to take home.
Nearly 2,000 people attended ArtsExpress in 2013.