Henrico ARTS Festival: Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students

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Henrico County Public Schools’ annual spring arts festival moves into its fourth year with a weekend of music and fine art. ARTS Festival events – the acronym stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students – will kick off with a musical performance Friday night, April 21; events will run through Sunday, April 23. This year’s festival will be held at Henrico High School.

Friday night at 7:30 p.m. the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School will hold the first of two weekend performances of its Musical Theatre Showcase, a selection of musical numbers performed by Center for the Arts students. Tickets for the Musical Theatre Showcase are $5 and will be available at the Henrico High School box office starting at 6:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature free diverse musical performances, interactive stations, miniature golf, displays of fine art from every school in the division and activities sponsored by local community partners and cultural centers.

Saturday night will feature two Center for the Arts events. From 5-7 p.m. the Center will hold its Visual Arts Showcase exhibit. Admission to the Visual Arts Showcase is free. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a second performance of the Center for the Arts Musical Theatre Showcase. Tickets to the Musical Theatre Showcase are $5 and will be available beginning at 6:45 p.m.

As with Saturday’s daytime activities, Sunday, April 23 will feature more free musical performances, activities and art displays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival aims to use Henrico Schools as a hub for building arts connections across the community.

“The past three years we’ve had a wonderful turnout. This year we hope to grow the festival by offering more interactive opportunities for students and families,” said Mike Kalafatis, Henrico Schools art specialist. “We’ll have more community groups and cultural centers. Our goal is to have it become an all-encompassing festival – not just fine art.”

When:
Friday, April 21
7:30 p.m.: Center for the Arts Musical Theatre Showcase ($5)

Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Performances, exhibits and activities (free)
5-7 p.m.: Center for the Arts Visual Arts Showcase (free)
7:30 p.m. Center for the Arts Musical Theatre Showcase ($5)

Sunday, April 23
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Performances, exhibits and activities (free)

Where:
Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave. Henrico, Va. 23227