Owensboro Public Schools celebrates the 19th anniversary of the Fine Arts Festival at the RiverPark Center March 19 – 29 with “ARTOPIA.” “ARTOPIA“ is a play on the word utopia, defined as a place of ideal perfection and the festival showcases how the district has created “ARTOPIA” by cherishing the arts. More than 3,000 students throughout the school district will perform or have their artwork on display. All performances are free and open to the public and begin at 7 p.m.
“Each year, more than 50 percent of our students are involved in performance,” said Tom Stites, Fine Arts Coordinator for Owensboro Public Schools. “Collectively, more than 30,000 OPS students have performed on stage or had their artwork exhibited over the past 18 years.”
This year, more than 700 works of art, 700 choir members, 300 orchestra members, 400 band members, 600 dancers and dozens of actors performing over the six-day festival, the event continues as an integral part of our schools and our community. Come out and enjoy the success of Owensboro Public Schools, where every child has access to quality programs in the arts!
A familiar face took a first place award in the visual art display on Monday. Zion Riley, best known for his large-scale snow sculptures, was awarded top honor for his painting, titled, “Zaneta,” named after his mom.
The following schedule will represent each featured art form on specific nights:
March 19-29- Visual Art Display
March 19- Choir
March 20- Orchestra
March 21- Band
March 27- Theatre
March 28- Dance