Hampton's Hues and Harmony arts fest March 13-14
The Hampton Township School District will host Hues & Harmony: A Hampton Township School District Fine Arts Festival, from 6 to 8 p.m., on March 13 and 14 at Hampton High School in Allison Park.
Visual artwork, as well as vocal and instrumental music selections, will be presented during the free, two-night event. This is the first year for an accompanying spaghetti dinner, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 13 in the high school cafeteria for $5 per person. HTSD Gold Card members eat for free.
“One of the PA Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities is for students to understand that arts events take place in their schools and communities and to know how to engage in those events,” said Kate Powell, a Hampton art teacher. “This is our opportunity to take that standard and amplify it by throwing a large-scale, student-celebrating Fine Arts Festival.”
Dr. Michael Loughead, Superintendent of Schools, said the arts will be a focus this year in the district and he is pleased to be able to share with the community the ways in which the arts are being incorporated into the curriculum.
“Strengthening and promoting the arts is a goal of the district this year,” said Loughead. “Studies have shown that creative thinking, critical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving all increase when arts education is provided as part of a well-rounded curriculum. It is our mission at Hampton to support all children in becoming creative and innovative problem-solvers and communicators, and we believe the arts plays a crucial role in that development.”
Bridget Laffin plays saxophone in the district jazz band.
“It will be fun to perform in an event that celebrates and supports all of the arts,” said Laffin, who's in ninth grade.
Powell also asked some of her Wyland Elementary students what learning opportunities they can encounter at the event
“You can learn different techniques and different ways you can play an instrument,” said Aidan Casey, a fourth-grader.
Mikey Solomon, also in fourth grade said, it's gives him an opportunity to learn ways to “better” techniques for his own artwork.
Second-grader Maria Lewis simply said, “I just love art.”
The schedule of musical performances for the event is as follows:
Various hands-on exhibits for the fine arts also will be available for guests to explore and enjoy.
Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.