Even though the 2019 Thompson Festival of the Arts doesn’t officially kick off until late April, organizers are reminding young artists to sign up in advance.
In order to show off their talents in a variety of disciplines − including dance, visual arts and music − event organizer Terry-Lyn Gagnon said these students from kindergarten to high school must register at the school board office on 408 Thompson Drive Feb. 23 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
After registering, the participants will be able to display their work in the coming months for a shot at winning awards and scholarships.
This year’s festival will also feature a number of professional artists like pianist Everett Hopfner and Indigenous painter Earl McKay, who will serve as judges and provide each participant with some constructive feedback on how they can improve their craft.
“It’s a learning opportunity,” said Gagnon. “It improves their motivation, their concentration, their confidence and their teamwork in some cases. And it’s encouraging their artistic path through their school activities and community organizations. And it’s just a fun time.”
The 53rd Thompson Festival of the Arts is set to begin with a dancing showcase April 26–27, followed by events for piano/strings/instrumental (April 29–30), vocal/choral/speech (May 1–3) and finally visual arts (May 13–16).
The winners from each category will be revealed at a pair of highlights concerts May 28–29, where they will get the chance to display their art in front of a broader audience.