The Greenbrier School District will hold its second annual Arts in March festival featuring works from students of all ages and grades in the district. 

The festival will take place in the Panther Pavilion on the high school campus this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Stephanie Palmer, art teacher at Greenbrier Junior High School began hosting art nights at the school on her own accord, feeling her community needed to gain more experience with the arts.

“Three years ago I wanted to see more art in the community. I started an art night and it was a huge success for the Junior High,” Palmer said. “The next year I talked to other teachers in the district and we got together to plan an event to celebrate arts in the community.”

The show will feature about 800 individual pieces of art in various forms.
“There will be protest and persuasion pieces, abstract, self portrait, clay work, live performances, acoustic guitar, jazz. It’s an overall celebration of fine art, including the drama club, Origami and even face painting,” Palmer said.

Lisa Foster, art teacher at Greenbrier High School was also involved in the event’s inception.

“We’re putting this together as a means to try to put a little bit of the cultures of art, music, dance and drama into our area as a community arts festival,” Foster said.

Foster said high school students held auditions for live music performances to take place during the showcase, and will be stationed at corners of the Panther Pavilion. 

Janie Nokes, secretary at Greenbrier Junior High, said the event is important to the district because it will bring awareness of the district’s art programs to community members.

“Art is sometimes overlooked, not being a core course,” Nokes said. “This event will bring recognition to the program.”

Organizers hope the event transforms into a community arts festival.
Foster said more ideas are growing, and the festival will be an annual event.

“I hope that later we can have different kinds of artists doing work on the grounds, people participating in sidewalk art competitions and art from around the world,” Foster said.

Foster said future projections involve themes highlighting arts transcending culture and the celebration of different arts that are culture-specific. She hopes to one day incorporate ethnic foods, dress and performances.

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