Art and performance festival featured award-winning student artists from preschool to high school
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., May 16, 2013 – Detroit Country Day School (DCDS), an independent, non-denominational, college preparatory school, proudly hosted its annual “Celebrate the Arts” festival on April 28. DCDS Headmaster Glen Shilling made the announcement.
The free, open-to-the-public event, sponsored by the DCDS parent organization Friends of the Arts Association, marked its 27th year and featured original works of art, musical recitals and dramatic performances from students ages three to 18. At this year’s festival, many nationally recognized, promising artists showcased their creations, including 13 students that were awarded 15 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
“Celebrate the Arts provides an opportunity for not only our distinguished artists, musicians and actors to showcase their work, it allows students that are just beginning to find their artistic passion to participate in a community event that shines the spotlight on the beauty of all types of artistic expression,” said Jeffrey Michael Nahan, executive director for Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.
Representatives from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan attended the event and selected student artwork to be donated and displayed at the hospital. Over 340 pieces of DCDS student art now hang in the waiting areas, hallways and treatment rooms of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The school’s Friends of the Arts Association provides the funding to frame and display the chosen artwork at the hospital.
As many schools in metro Detroit and nationally cut funding to art programs, DCDS continues to invest in art education. DCDS emphasizes the arts as one of its educational pillars. The DCDS Conservatory of Fine & Performing Arts nurtures and challenges highly gifted students that are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. The advanced program mentors and prepares students for the competitive admission process at top schools specializing in arts disciplines across the nation.
Prachi Goyal displays her senior portfolio at Detroit Country Day School’s Celebrate the Arts. Photo Credit: Mark Wright
DCDS Lower School students perform in front of a full-crowd of supporters at Detroit Country Day School’s Celebrate the Arts. Photo Credit: Mark Wright
The Detroit Country Day School Orchestra perform a grand finale performance at Celebrate the Arts. Photo Credit: Mark Wright
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About Detroit Country Day School
Detroit Country Day School offers students from preschool through high school an exemplary education rooted in academic vigor and a commitment to the full development of each student’s potential. The school is an independent, coeducational, non-denominational, college preparatory school nationally recognized for excellence in academics, athletics, and the fine and performing arts. Founded in 1914 by F. Alden Shaw, Detroit Country Day School today enrolls more than 1,500 students on four campuses located in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Township, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.dcds.edu.