Artworks! Community Arts Day kicked off the Artworks! event series last Saturday, April 14, at the Farragut Elementary Campus. Community Arts Day gave parents and the community an opportunity to see the artwork on display that was created by the 500+ Farragut students over the school year. Over 700 families and community members attended the free workshops and performances that went on throughout the day. Included in the day’s free activities were workshops, improv classes, dance and fine art classes for both young and old.
This event showcases many of the different schools and community members’ talents. Workshop leaders and performers representing nonprofit organizations, other CCUSD schools, and local seniors volunteered their time and talents for Community Arts Day. In the outside amphitheater El Marino’s students provided a powerful taiko drum performance, La Ballona Elementary students performed an intricate folk dance from El Salvador, and from Le Studio a group of kids ages 6-13 amazed everyone with their circus act. Culver City Middle School students were part of creating theater on the spot with improv. Julie Lugo Cerra, Culver City’s official historian spoke on the City’s colorful history. Michael Eskridge of Culver Center Flowers gave an informative workshop on flower arranging and the history and symbolism of flower arranging, along with some Culver City history tidbits thrown in, too. Additional workshops featured candle making, creating art from recycled materials, photography and cartooning.
This year, artist Andre Miripolsky, worked with the students to create a piece of movable public art for the school campus. In addition, Carmen Patti, a muralist, directed the creation of a dynamic mural on the interior walls of the Art Room enclosure with the participants at Saturday’s event.
Community Arts Day is part of Farragut Elementary School ninth annual Artworks! event; the Artworks! Theme for 2012 is “Fear No Art!” Artworks! also features an online auction and an adults-only evening fundraising gala on April 21. Farragut Elementary School has an arts and technology emphasis, so, this event raises money to pay for Farragut’s visual, music, and performing arts program. Raised funds also cover the salary for Farragut’s art instructor and art room supplies during the school year.
Artworks! Community Arts Day brought the school and local community together to celebrate, experience and enjoy the arts.