April 25-29 is Fine Arts Week, a very special week at West Side Christian School. Every year we celebrate the arts – the gift of being creative beings made in the image of The Creator.
We celebrate it by having special events for students all week, by displaying the visual arts the students have made in art class this year and by participating in, listening and watching their musical performances.
Our Fine Arts Committee starts in the fall to plan out what assemblies and programs we will have. We try to expose our students to a wide variety of arts experiences so that they can see how wide the variety of possibilities are in using the creativity within us. In the past we have had guest performers like a classical guitarist, a flutist, a marimba player, a storyteller, a high school jazz band, a Christian ballet troupe to name just a few.
This year our special events are:
Monday, April 25: Grand Rapids Christian High Improv Team in the gym from 1:30-2:10 (6th-8th grades & parents welcome)
Tuesday, April 26: Calvin Christian High School String Orchestra in the gym from 8:45–9:20 (all grades & parents welcome)
Thursday, April 28: WSCS Student performances in the gym from 2:25-3:05 (all grades)
Thursday evening, April 28: Fine Arts Open House – 7:00-8:30 PM
As family and friends, you are especially invited to the Fine Arts Open House on Thursday night when student artwork will be on display in the halls and classrooms and there will be student musical performances in the gym. Their wonderful sculptural work done is only on display that evening and goes home at the end of the evening. I hope you get to see all of the work of their hands and experience their performances on Thursday evening. The students are so pleased to share their work.
This year we have the very special privilege of having Joan Bonnette, an artist from South Haven, Michigan, bring her international collaborative art project called “Endura: World Spiral” to our school. It will be on display throughout Fine Arts Week. Joan, who has a Master of Fine Arts from Western Michigan University and has studied in several international workshops, installs a spiral configuration of more than 3000 butterfly motifs made in different media by people of all ages from many different countries.
To Joan, the butterfly is a symbol of peace. The spiral shape, which you would see from a distance, gives a sense of wonder but up close you can see the individual butterflies. It offers an opportunity to appreciate the diversity of life and ideas of people from all over and conveys the idea of community. Her exhibit has been in more than 25 locations. Joan will be visiting our school on Monday of Fine Arts Week and our students will be walking through the exhibit during the week and adding the butterflies they have made to it. They will be able to see it change as the week progresses and as more and more students add their butterflies to the exhibit.
We are so excited to share and celebrate the arts this week. The arts are truly a gift from the Lord.