ASHLAND -- The Ashland City Schools' Visual and Performing Arts department (AVPA) has had a tremendously productive and successful May.
The month started with a performance by The United States Navy Concert Band from Washington D.C., the top touring military band in the country. May was highlighted by an amazing, three-day Fine Arts Show that included Governor's Award winner: Richard Duarte Brown (Sponsored by the OAAE) and The Internationally Acclaimed Escher String Quartet (Sponsored by: ACS & ESQYRE).
Between May 1 and 21, there were 15 performances for the community, which doesn't include graduation offerings, parades and other local events.
Dr. Doug Marrah, Mr. Cameron Dedrick and Mr. Marty Kral presented state-level workshops this year at the Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Dance, and for the Ohio Arts Council. These clinics included Ohio's Foremost Leaders in Arts Promotion, Funding, and Advocacy: Donna Collins and Jarrod Hartzler.
The AVPA celebrated 15 graduating seniors for their commitment to continue their Fine Arts Education beyond Ashland High School. This started with an inspiring speech by Joseph Lewis Jr., former commander of the 122nd Ohio Army National Guard Band and Director of Bands at Ashland University.
The Ohio Arts Council Teaching Artist in Residence, Kimberly Payne, is finishing the year by working in the Ashland High School theatre with World Language students on dances and movements that activate the cultures they are studying.
The department could not have accomplished all this without the tremendous support of the ACS faculty, administration, parents, students, and our partners at the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and Tri-County ESC.