From student dance and song performances to a pop-up art gallery, the 2019 YISD Elementary School Fine Arts Fall Festival is expected to draw thousands of parents, students, and community members Friday and Saturday in support of the arts.
The festival takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. both Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, at the YISD Fine Arts Department, 8455 Alameda Avenue.
According to the National Art Education Association, students of all ages benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. A quality arts education – made up of a rich array of disciplines that include dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts – is an essential element of a balanced education for all students, officials said.
“All students come to the table with some level of inherent talent,” said Fine Arts Director Scott Thoreson. “It’s up to the teacher to mold, grow and encourage that talent and assist the student into being the best they can be.”
For those reasons, officials say that’s the reason Ysleta ISD organizes the annual Fine Arts Fall Festival – to demonstrate districtwide support for the arts, as well as showcase the outstanding talents of its students while bringing together families and the community in a fun and festive atmosphere.
This year’s festival features a bevy of student entertainment and activities, including musical numbers, dances, cheers, theatrical skits, and a “Pop-Up Galeria” of 250 student art projects.
Every YISD elementary school will be represented in the festival, and will be complemented by performances from the Ysleta High School folklorico group; Mariachi Los Trovadores from Hanks High School; and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy percussion and dance group.
Aside from the student entertainment, there will also be a free photo booth and a Del Valle High School Haunted House.
Food, beverages, and arts and crafts will be available for purchase, as well as $5 day passes for all rides, including bounce houses and an obstacle course. Horse/pony rides are also available for an additional fee.
Last year’s festival was the most successful yet, said organizer and Fine Arts Communication Specialist Adam Ulloa, drawing more than 4,000 visitors to cheer on over 800 student performers.
“Everything seems to have grown exponentially over the past few years,” Ulloa said. “I am just really glad to be part of an event that brings so many families together.”