Columbia Heights, Minnesota
By Francisco Rivera, iLander Staff Reporter
From the abstract to the realistic, from watercolors to photography, from grades K all the way through 12, the Columbia Heights Public Arts Showcase has something for everyone.
“Expressions” is an event that aims to bring together student-created art, in all of its forms, in the Columbia Heights school district. The event started on Monday, May, and continues through tomorrow, May 8.
The event is currently being held at Silverwood Park, only a few blocks from the High School. The gallery features paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and even film projects done by students of all ages.
In addition to the wonderful gallery, “Expressions” also featured a performing arts showcase on Wednesday evening. This showcase included the music programs from the high school, the middle school and the new programs at the elementary schools.
The park was filled with sounds from brand new instruments being played by children as young as 10 years old. The new instruments were provided by a grant from VH1’s “Save the Music” -- a program whose goal is to “restore instrumental music education in public schools, and raise awareness of the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education”.
In addition to the bands, the district’s choirs also made an appearance, including the relatively new audition-only women’s group at Columbia Heights High School: Aberdeen. The group performed a traditional ballad from the United Kingdom, “Scarborough Fair”.
The cast of “Beauty and the Beast” stopped by as well, and gave the audience a “sneak peek” of what the show was like. The actors impressed the crowd by performing excerpts from musical numbers “Belle”, “Gaston” and “If I Can’t Love Her.”
“Expressions” is put on by Columbia Heights’ Heighten the Arts committee and continues until this Sunday. The gallery is located inside the main building at Silverwood Park and is open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The Heighten the Arts committee has a simple yet ambitious vision: “All of the arts for all the kids -- Preschool through adult.” The committee is supported by Columbia Heights Public Schools, the City of Columbia Heights and the Columbia Heights Public Library. Show your support of Columbia Heights art by making a visit to the gallery before it’s too late.