Westerville Central’s Arts Alive Festival Showcases Creativity on Many Levels

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Some 300 original works of art were on display in the gallery. 




The 12th annual Arts Alive Festival at Westerville Central High School finally happened on May 1, after a few rain date changes.  The sunny, albeit windy, day provided a perfect background for the outdoor parts of the festival that included 162 four-foot chalk murals, created collaboratively by teams of artists numbering more than 450.  This year was a tough competition, as advisors had to choose just 160 out of 240 entries wanting to participate. 

Outside, rock bands and a New Orleans Brass band played; a henna station was set up; 3D printed chess sets could be played; and the Dance Team performed.  Two classes from Alcott Elementary walked across the street to work with high school helpers, and participate in an all school gallery walk to see finished artwork. 

Fifty students on the Arts Alive staff helped brainstorm, organize and will run the event, which included tee shirts and hoodies designed by pupil Aidan Flannery that were adorned with this years’ logo.  In addition, 400 art stickers, designed by student Owen Roberts, were printed to commemorate the celebration.

Inside events included a student art gallery consisting of 300 original pieces on display.  The Media Center was transformed into a literary coffeehouse performance venue featuring live poetry, music, films and art.  Each period, a different emcee hosted and introduced performers, some of whom were so powerful they brought tears to the eyes of their listeners. 

“Overall, this Arts Alive was a success and very focused on the artists and spotlighting their amazing work,” concluded event organizer and art teacher extraordinaire Jen Kiko.