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A Festival of Creativity
Join us for the Inaugural MICDS Arts Fest on April 20!
Due to the forecast, the location of Arts Fest has moved indoors to the MAC (Activities & Art Cafe) and South Gym (Performances). Parking is available at any open campus parking lot space.
Calling all current and newly enrolled MICDS families, faculty, staff, and alumni—join us for our first-ever MICDS Arts Fest on April 20! We are delighted to celebrate the Arts in this new, creative tradition. Arts Fest 2023 will be full of performances and activities for you and your whole Rams family.
MICDS Arts Fest
Thursday, April 20 | 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
MICDS Campus – MAC (Activities & Art Cafe) and South Gym (Performances)
*No RSVP Needed—Come one, come all!
Join Us for Tons of Hands-On Arts Fest Activities!
- Add to our Graffiti Wall
- Catch a Mean Girls Performance
- Jam out in our Drum Circle
- Create your own Stick Figure Puppets
- Build Your Pet
- Try Wheel Throwing (pottery)
- Go wild with Splatter Painting
- Get into the action with Improv Performances
- Cheer on the Drama Club Performances
- Rock out with Orchestra and Band Performances
- Soak up Choir Performances from every division
- Design something beautiful in Printmaking
- Create your own Lego Pieces
- Browse through Lower School Gallery Night
- Join in our Flash Mob Street Dance!
Details, Details, Details
- Arts Spirit Dress Days
Check out the fun Arts Spirit Dress-Up days across the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools for the week of April 17-21!
Lower School Middle School Upper School Monday, April 17 Monochrome Monday (black & white or all one color) Monochrome Monday Monochrome Professional Dress Monday Tuesday, April 18 Tie Dye Tuesday Tie Dye Tuesday Tie Dye Tuesday Wednesday, April 19 Favorite Artist Wednesday Creative Hat Wednesday Dress like an Arts Teacher Wednesday Thursday, April 20 Colors of the Rainbow MICDS Spirit Wear Thursday Color War Thursday (Field Day) Friday, April 21 Special Dress Day for Grandparents and Special Friends Day Wacky Tacky Mismatched Friday Favorite Artist Friday (Music artist, studio artist, composer, actor etc.)
- Performance Schedule (Located in the South Gym)
Performance Stage Time Beasley Music South 4:00 p.m. MS Orchestra & Choir North 4:45 p.m. 8th Grade Choir South 5:00 p.m. Pep Band North 5:15 p.m. MS Drama Club South 5:30 p.m. Jazz Band North 5:45 p.m. US Choirs South 6:00 p.m. US Orchestra & Band North 6:30 p.m. Mean Girls South 6:45 p.m.
- Please bring camping chairs, picnic blankets, and whatever else you would like to watch the performances comfortably in the South Gym.
- Performance Descriptions
Performance Description MS Drama Club The 4th annual Drama Club Showcase featured a total of nine scenes that were performed by over 25 talented 5th and 6th-grade actors. Come enjoy a selection of these wonderful scenes, performed readers-theater style, by the same actors who performed in the 4th annual Drama Club Showcase! Mean Girls After a very successful run before Spring Break, the cast of Mean Girls is returning to perform two big hits from the show, Stupid with Love and Apex Predator. Tina Fey’s brilliant script, full of biting wit and memorable characters, is brought to life by the very talented MICDS Troubadours. Pep Band Join us for a performance of favorite pop tunes as heard at football and basketball games! Jazz Band The MICDS Jazz Band is happy to be sharing their performance and knowledge of this truly American art form. We hope that you enjoy – JAZZ! Beasley Music The Beasley Chorus and performing ensembles are excited to share A Celebration of Music with you. The chorus will perform several pieces honoring the role of music in our lives. Students will accompany singing with ukulele playing. Two special performance ensemble features include: a third-grade drumming piece and a fourth-grade boomwhacker piece inspired by the Blue Man Group. Beasley Gallery Night Art is a way that each student expresses themselves, problem-solves, and grows as a visual thinker. This year the Beasley artists have been creating with unique materials, stretching and exploring new ideas, and sharing their imagination in a collaborative community. Let’s celebrate student creativity, perseverance, inspiration, and how students have grown as artists in this year’s Beasley Gallery Night as part of our inaugural Arts Festival! Please visit the Beasley Hall and Cafeteria during the Arts Festival and travel the Lower School which has been transformed into galleries of creativity and imagination on display. We look forward to celebrating our Beasley artists with you.
- Activity Descriptions (Located in the MAC)
Activity Description Graffiti Street Art Calling all graffiti artists from across MICDS to assemble at “Arts Fest” and leave your artistic mark on an industrial wall that has been designated for the task. As the event progresses, paint-overs become increasingly common, and the piece takes on additional lives and identities as the original work slowly disappears. Lego Printmaking You might be wondering how Legos are an art form, but if you think about it, they’re a foundational stepping stone for understanding visuals. Legos were the first tool many of us used to learn about and create shapes, architecture, and patterns. Printmaking with Legos as the stamp form will allow you to create two-dimensional prints. Using a flat lego base, add an arrangement of legos to create a design. You will then add ink to the plate and run your design through our laser cut printing press. You are welcome to change ink colors and make multiple prints or editions. Sun Printing The sun print is a photogram process (an image made without a camera by placing an object directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material and then exposing it to light) that involves placing objects on cyanotype paper and exposing the paper to sunlight. With this process, early photographers created blue images, called cyanotypes or sun prints. Build Your Pet Bring a couple of pictures of your cat, dog, bird or goldfish. Our student artists will work with you to create a small model of your pet, which we will fire and send to you when it is complete. Quantity restrictions apply. First Come. First Served. Mandala Maelstrom; printmaking in the round! Make an amazing Mandala! Mandalas are beautiful circular works of art that represent wholeness and are also a visual model for the organizational structure of life. At this booth you can choose from a huge variety of stamps and colors to create your very own mandala masterpiece. A circular motif template is provided to get you started–then you can use the stamps and colors to create an amazing piece of art! The Art of Pantomime and Improvisation This is an opportunity to learn some simple pantomime skills and try your hand at improvisation. On the hour, mime skills will be taught and practiced with Mr. Storey and Ms. Dougherty. On the half hour, we will introduce short form improvisation and invite students and adults to participate. Learn to Dance Want to learn how to dance? Well, here is your chance to learn and have fun! Participants will learn basic dance steps to fun and upbeat music. No experience, no problem! Come feel how dance can lift your spirit and get a little cardio while you’re at it. The Mad Splatter Booth Come one, come all to let your paint fly at The Mad Splatter Booth! Wearing a rain poncho and goggles, you and your friends will go mad with paint blasters to see who can get the most splatters on your canvas in the allotted time frame. In honor of the one and only Jackson Pollack, it will be an MICDS “Wonderland” of fun and you will have a cool piece of art to take home with you! (Warning!: Possible paint on clothes/shoes at this booth!) Puppet Creation Station What do popsicle sticks, plates, and paper have in common? Of course, the letter “P” and most importantly, PUPPETS! This make-and-take activity will provide visitors with a chance to get creative by making unique puppets and backgrounds through the use of everyday household materials. Fun for all ages, come enjoy the magic of stick figure puppetry! Wheel Throwing Try your hand at pottery making on the potters’ wheel. Wheel throwing is one of the clay artists’ most popular and rewarding forming techniques. The wheel allows the potter to manipulate and shape clay into functional or decorative forms quickly. The created vessels are then dried, fired, glazed, and fired again to create finished pottery pieces that all may enjoy for many years. It is a process that requires a combination of technical skill, patience, and creativity to master through many years of practice. Our ceramics students greatly enjoy this challenge as they develop their artistic vision. Come watch a demo and give it a try. Drum Circle Grab some sticks and join the fun. Come collaborate and celebrate music with us!
- Divisional Arts Fest Communications
- No additional emails at this time have been sent.
- Parking InformationParking is available throughout campus parking lots. View Arts Fest map here.
- Food at the "Art Cafe"
Free food, as well as water, will be available at the Art Cafe, located in the MAC. View Arts Fest Map.
We look forward to celebrating the Arts with you on April 20!