Parish Episcopal School joined other talented students during the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Arts Festival on April 12-14. The annual festival was at the Hockaday School in Dallas this year. Students from the southwest region of ISAS spent three days immersing themselves in the arts- music, acting, painting, drawing and dancing. Participants performed at least once or displayed their work. The festival is not a competition, but rather a celebration of the fine arts. Parish students involved in Essential Standards wowed the crowd with some of their favorite songs while AP art students showcased their talents. Our student dancers performed as did our actors and Jazz Band. All participants are allowed to explore new ideas and receive feedback from professional artists and performers during the festival which is a favorite among students and faculty.
"You see a different side of many of the students," said Casey Faulkner, assistant to the Director of PARISHarts. "They look right at home among other students who share their same passions and interests."
The ISAS Arts Festival also offers various workshops. Students are encouraged to attend workshops within their respective disciplines and in other areas as well. According to ISAS, the festival is a "creativity-and-confidence building event that encourages students to take risks, think unconventionally and reflect meaningfully upon every aspect of their learning."
"It's always wonderful to see a student come out of a "shell!" exclaimed Faulkner.
Check out some of the performances.