ArtFest in the West

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Introducing ArtFest in the West

Knowing first-hand how valuable the arts are in educating the whole child, a small group of parents started conversations about building up this capacity in the Western-feeder pattern public schools. This effort snowballed when parents spoke to teachers and school administrators. And it was no surprise that other parents were having similar discussions–including those expressed in the RealCrozet blog.
 We put our heads together and a new event was born — ArtFest in the West. Mark your calendar for March 2, 2013 (6-10pm) at The Lodge at Old Trail. Together we’re going to make art happen in Western Albemarle! ArtFest will feature student talent in the performing, visual, and culinary arts from Elementary through High School. 

Why is ArtFest So Important? 

·      To showcase student talent so that our youth can celebrate arts in their education and maturation. 
·      To take an active role in expanding the importance of the arts in our public schools.
·      Western Albemarle County is a very talented place and the arts are a vital part of a thriving Community.What Can You Do to Support Art in Our Community?
 
As the saying goes, “there is strength in numbers.” With over 3,500 students in Western Albemarle County public schools, the arts impact approximately 14,000 County residents on a regular basis. Bringing all of us together to celebrate our collective talent will make a tremendous difference in the way we support public arts education.

On March 2, we will host the first Artfest in the West event to kick-start this joint effort and show our children we are working behind the scenes to support them and all of their hard-working art educators. Join us on March 2, 6-10 PM at The Lodge in Old Trail to see art in action. Tickets ($5 in advance / $7.50 at the door) are going on sale at all Western-feeder schools. To sponsor ArtFest or get more information see: ArtFestInTheWest.org

Sincerely, 
Proud parents of Western Albemarle students and community members,
Karen Pfeiffer (pfeiffergroup@yahoo.com), Debbie Gordon (dxgordon@gmail.com ) and Kim Wilder (parent of a recent WAHS graduate)

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