Fine Arts Week
Celebrating the depth and diversity of our talented Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) programs, the annual Fine Arts Week was hosted from April 10-14, featuring a variety of activities and performances centered around Northwood’s fine, fine arts.
“Fine Arts Week is dedicated to exhibiting all of the amazing arts disciplines we have on campus,” senior VAPA commissioner Ashley Tung said. “It’s a week where we get to showcase our students’ art, talents and performances that they’ve been working on all year long. I was thrilled with how the week and Night of the Arts went. To have worked with the [Interdisciplinary Arts Council (IDAC)] for the whole year planning these events and finally being able to see everything come together was so fulfilling.”
Each day showcased a particular discipline, beginning with Color Guard on Monday, followed by Dance on Tuesday, Chorus on Wednesday, Instrumental on Thursday and Comedy Sportz on Friday. There was also a student visual 2D art and photography art gallery around the Oak throughout the week. Junior Ashley Wu was part of the group effort in planning the multitude of events for this special week. As one of the NTV IDAC representatives, she helped coordinate the video production aspects of the week.
“As part of the council that had been planning Fine Arts Week for months, I was so proud and excited to see all the performances, displays and activities put on by the disciplines come together,” Wu said. “NTV’s contributions during the week included the promo film played at the beginning of the week, the various visual artist vignettes played at the Fine Arts Assembly as well as our interactive booth at the Night of The Arts.”
IDAC planned the week and worked to cover the school in colorful decorations, such as posters on stair ends.
“Post winter break, every single meeting was dedicated to planning dress-up days, coming up with themes, slogans, marketing and publicity,” sophomore Theater representative Sara Shaygan said. “We designated the entire Sunday before Fine Arts Week for the committee to decorate, and then the day of Night of the Arts, we got together to set up the booths and hang up all the art.”
The featured event, Night of the Arts, exhibited artwork from the IUSD community, ranging from beginning to advanced levels. Activity stations, including a photobooth station and a face-painting station, were hosted by each discipline. There was also an orchestra quartet performing a range of musical works throughout the event. Overall, Night of the Arts provided glimpses of the artistic talent in IUSD.
“Night of the Arts was really well organized, and everyone had clearly put in a lot of effort into making the night a success,” sophomore Viren Abhyankar said. “I got a chance to see how versatile Northwood is and especially enjoyed watching the guitar performances.”
Finishing off the week was a general assembly hosted by the VAPA Commissioners junior David Park and Tung for all students in the gym during fourth period. The Unaccompanied Minors, Chamber Singers, Dance 3, Dance Theatre, Philharmonic, Wind Symphony, Jazz I and the cast of “Peter and the Starcatcher” all demonstrated their particular artistic talents. Junior dance representative Maddy Zhang expressed her pride in the performances and the excessive amount of preparation for the event.
“As the dance discipline representative, it was especially rewarding to see it all come together after so long,” Zhang said. “I thoroughly enjoyed performing for my peers in the assembly and watching the other performances, because they displayed the immense, amazing and incomparable talent that VAPA programs at Northwood have to offer.”
However, the end of Fine Arts Week is definitely not the end for art events this year. Come out to the “Back to the Future” Dance Show on May 18 and 19 and the final instrumental and vocal Pops Concerts starting on May 22 and the Gala Concert on May 26.