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Arts Festival Brings Community Together

Student creating pottery
The Higley Fine Arts Festival united the community in a celebration of dance, music, theater and more on April 8 in Gilbert, Arizona.

After kicking off the festival with the Williams Field High School percussion line, the Higley Center for the Performing Arts continued to host diverse groups of artists. Representing more than eight schools from the Higley Unified School District, as well as the Bracken School of Irish Dance, students showcased their dance, music and theater groups. The Coronado Elementary School Chinese Cultural Club also performed.

Throughout the festival, the HCPA displayed student art for the community to view. Awards were presented for several of pieces during the event.
Arts festival brings together community
In addition to hosting numerous music ensembles from the school district, Higley High School’s courtyard became a stage and featured the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Hip Hop Coalition, aerosol artists, local vendors and food trucks.

Community members received opportunities to interact with different art mediums, as well. Local and student artists introduced visitors to weaving, painting, making pottery and more at the festival. Several student artists completed chalk murals and participants wrote about their love for the arts on signs around the campus.

Many students wrote about music, painting and expression.

“I love singing because music helps to express things you can’t just say,” one student said.

Another student wrote, “I love color guard because it’s amazing to be a part of a group of so many talented people.”

The Higley Fine Arts Festival closed with Coronado Music Theater’s enactment of “The Lion King.”

The festival’s presenting sponsors were CORE Construction and the Higley Achievement Foundation.