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April 2 Festival Celebrates the Arts at Southwestern

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    The SU Arts Festival gives area children an opportunity to try different instruments. (Photo by Carlos Barron)

Delta Omicron sponsors the 4th annual SU Arts Festival

The fourth annual SU Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Campus Center and on the Academic Mall. The festival is hosted by Delta Omicron, the professional music fraternity, and is open to children and youth from elementary school to high school age and their families.

Delta Omicron has invited many organizations from Southwestern to be involved and host activity booths, including four sororities, EBONY, SEAK, and the Mask and Wig Society. Booths will include t-shirt decorating, face painting, origami and puppet making, along with various other arts and crafts.

“Getting to work with the children of Georgetown will be a great way to become more involved our community and celebrate how the arts affect us all, no matter how old we are,” says Katie Sokolyk, a sophomore member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, which will be hosting a crown decorating booth at the festival. 

There will be performances from Southwestern student ensembles as well as Georgetown High School soloists and ensembles, the Tippit Middle School Choir, and the Williams Elementary School Percussion Ensemble. There also will be two featured performances by Donna Ingham, an award-winning storyteller from Austin.

“I am most excited for the great performances from Donna Ingham,” said festival co-organizer Anne Fenley. Ingham will perform for 1st through 5th graders in the morning and again in the afternoon for 6th through 12th graders.

The festival is open the public and special invitations have been extended to Duck University Afterschool Center on Education in Taylor and the Boys and Girls Club of Georgetown. There also will be a charity raffle to support Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Raffle prizes, which will be drawn for at 3:30 p.m., include gift cards to Walmart and Galaxy Cupcakes, and an 8GB iPod.

Along with free arts and crafts booths and performances by local artists, there will be an instrument petting zoo and an art exhibition by the Southwestern Art Association, a zumba class taught by Southwestern student and certified instructor Taryn Stafford, and yoga taught by instructor  Linda Ward.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the festival website at http://www.southwestern.edu/sarofim/suartsfestival/

“We are so excited to see it come together,” said Fenley, who has been working on the event since the summer and has worked to coordinate with all groups involved with the festival. “It should be tons of fun and I hope a lot of people can make it and have a great day filled with the arts.”

- Rosalie Bonner