On October 4th a company called High School Nation Arts is sending a music festival to East Hamilton. While the main event that will be happening at this music festival will be a concert, headlined by Drake Bell, that is not the only purpose for having it. High School Nation Arts is a company that sends music acts around the country to different high schools to promote arts education in schools, and we are one of the only three schools in Tennessee of which they chose to come. Mr. Ford and Mrs. Chuy were the ones that organized this whole event and they, as well as some of the other arts teachers and students, were asked to tell a little about this event.
First, our high school principal and huge advocate for the arts, Mrs. Chuy was asked about her opinions on events such as the music fest that promote arts education in schools, however she wanted to start by telling just how this all got started. Getting High School Nation Arts to our school all happened one day when Mrs. Chuy received an email from the company themselves asking if she would be interested in them coming which she responded to with a yes. Mrs. Chuy also mentioned some of the other benefits that this program gives to the arts programs such as about $30,000 worth of recording equipment as well as possibly a recording studio.
Mrs. Chuy went on to push her support for the arts and many other programs that are considered extra departments for schools to have by stating, “I absolutely find arts education in schools important. One major thing for us is that we are a comprehensive high school, we have to offer as many opportunities as we can for kids including fine arts, CTE, AP, dual enrolment, and all kinds of other opportunities for kids to be successful in whatever they want to do, and so yes, I think arts is very, very important in schools.”
After finding out a bit about the company that puts on the festival, Mr. Ford spoke about the specific event revealing that he doesn’t actually know who will be the openers yet and that they up and coming artists put on by the producers of High School Nation, however the headliner will be as Mr. Ford put it, “Drake Bell… Nickelodeon's Drake Bell.” Mr. Ford also mentioned a couple things about the events purpose and to paraphrase him, the event is to celebrate the arts and to get students excited about potential careers in things like music, visual arts, journalism, production and just about every other art known to man, and that, “Students will have the opportunity to interact with all of those things.” Some of the ways students will get interact with the arts through this event will be some students getting to be on the crew and other students getting special press privileges to interview some of the artists.
Some other artistic people, such as Mr. Boals, at our school were also asked to tell their views on the subject of arts in schools. Mr. Boals commented, “In the old days the Greeks said we needed to educate the whole person, not just part of a person, not just the mathematical side or gymnastics side, but the whole person. So, all parts of their being in all fields of knowledge and so I thinks it’s important that we have a holistic view of what people are and educate to the whole person.” Brenda Zargoza , who is a senior and in advanced art at EHS, also chimes in to tell, “I think it’s really important and I know it’s hard to have a good arts program considering it is a little expensive to get all the supplies but I still think it’s super important to have it because there’s countless kids that just carry a notebook around to draw.”
One of our theatre two students, Macie Ellington, was also kind enough to share some of her thoughts on arts education. Fist, Miss. Ellington was questioned about her feeling towards the music festival and other events that promote the arts, to which she responded, “I am actually a huge fan that we have that this year because I feel like it gives students a really good opportunity to see what’s going on in (A) our community and (B) to have a person like Drake Bell, a person that’s lived that life, that’s actually been successful in the creative arts field could really get through to people about just how important the arts are.” Macie was also asked about the importance of arts in schools and rather she thinks they are or not and her response was a big yes, then she continued with, “I think it is quite possibly more important than math.” Macie also talked about how the arts have helped her through some tough times and that they’ve been a major outlet for her to express herself, then she concluded that thought with, “I don’t know where I’d be without them.”
One final inquiry for Macie was why does she think some people find arts less important than other things such as sports? Her reaction… “I think that it is really sad that people think that but it’s real, it’s an issue that we have. I think that people probably think that because maybe that’s not the outlet that they need, if they haven’t experienced something or they haven’t connected with the arts like that they tend to put it out of their minds or on the back burner and act like it’s not important. Also, people are just so self absorbed and sports are probably more roundly known and more of what Americans relate to, so the creative arts kind of just get put to the side; if you can’t do a sport you may as well be smart and people don’t really take the creative arts into mind.”
Everything around us, everything we see, feel, and touch is art in some form. There is so much art in the world that people see everyday and they don’t even realize it; your favorite color, book, music, TV show, everything is art and if art was gone imagine how dull the world would become. Contact Mr. Ford or Mrs. Chuy for more information on the festival, and remember the date it will take place is October 4th.
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