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May 10, 2013

Saturday arts fest spotlights city students' work

Gloucester High School’s Docksiders will team up with choruses from both the high school and the city’s elementary schools.

Fifth-graders from all five elementary schools will be showing off their ballroom dancing skills.

Artwork from students throughout the school district will be on display throughout the day, and a demonstration by the school system’s robotics program will take center stage in the Kyrouz Auditorium at Gloucester City Hall.

All of those events and much more will be featured Saturday at the annual Gloucester Public Schools Arts Festival, which, each year, takes the school system’s art programs and students out of the school buildings and into the city’s downtown.

The program features displays and student presentations at four separate venues – City Hall, the Cape Ann Museum, Sawyer Free Library, and The Hive, the Pleasant Street arts facility affiliated with the Cape Ann Art Haven on Main Street.

Overall, the festival includes exhibits and projects by students from literally all levels of Gloucester’s school system – from the high school’s drama team, which will be performing at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall, to pre-school level students, who will be participating in a children’s stories session at noon at the Cape Ann Museum.

“In all honesty, there is nothing all year in our schools that is a bigger event to showcase the arts,” said David Adams, Gloucester High School’s music director, the school’s arts and electives program leader, the director of The Docksiders concert band, and a coordinator of Saturday’s festival.

“Literally, more than a thousand pieces of art by hundreds of students are being showcased,” he noted. “Plus, there are performances from elementary, middle and high school groups and ensembles.”

Beyond the student performances, there will be other events for families and children, including a “music petting zoo,” for visitors to reach out, touch and pick up musical instruments they may not have handled up close in the past.

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