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Posted: March 3, 2017

Fine Arts

In her weekly message, Supt. Reedy recognizes fine arts education.

The superintendent with student artists at the Metro Youth Art Exhibit.

The superintendent with student artists at the Metro Youth Art Exhibit.

Nothing drives success more than passion. If you love what you do, you’ll do it well. 

That’s evident in the artwork featured at the Metro Youth Art Exhibit. It’s clear in the voices of fourth and fifth graders in the Elementary Honor Choirs. It’s apparent in the music and dance of Festival de Bellas Artes.

So many students in Albuquerque Public Schools are passionate about the arts, and it is our obligation as well as our privilege as educators to fan those flames

Bravo to our fine arts teachers for nurturing in children a love of music, art, drama, dance. I appreciate the countless hours you dedicate not only to teaching but also to showcasing the talents of our students.

Throughout the year, our schools host performances, plays and exhibits. I encourage you to indulge. If you’ve been to a high school concert, an elementary school play, a middle school art show, you know how entertaining they can be.

If you haven’t, you may be surprised by the extent of the talent. Plus, you’re guaranteed a good time.

Take, for example, the annual Metro Youth Art Exhibit, opening tonight (Friday, March 3) with an awards ceremony at the Sid Cutter Pilot’s Pavilion at Balloon Fiesta Park.  

The show features thousands of pieces of art by high school and some middle school students. I got a sneak preview last night and was blown away by what I saw. I also got the chance to talk to several of the young sculptors, painters, photographers and jewelers who are showcasing their art. They are so proud of their work, so excited to talk about it and share with the public. I encourage you to take a tour of the exhibit, which is open this weekend and next from 1-5 p.m. I promise you’ll be impressed by what you see. And it’s free.

If you’re more of a music fan, come check out the Elementary Honor Choirs on Saturday (March 4). Hundreds of fourth and fifth graders will get together in the morning to learn songs that they’ll perform for families and fans beginning at 2:45 p.m. at Eldorado High School. Again, free. Special thanks to Dr. David Peercy, the president of the APS Board of Education, and his wife Martha for sponsoring the fourth-grade honor choir year after year.

A few weeks ago, nearly 1,200 students from 38 schools participated in performances and workshops celebrating multicultural music and dance at Festival de Bellas Artes. There were student mariachi singers and musicians, folkloric and flamenco dancers, guitar ensembles, orchestras, bands and more. The students -- and their instructors -- had so much fun and the audience was thrilled by the performances. Don’t take my word for it. Check out the videos and photographs posted to the Festival de Bellas Artes Facebook page.

That’s just a tiny glimpse into the many, many fine arts events that are hosted by our schools each year. Once again, I encourage you to attend some of these. While there, don’t forget to thank the teachers, educational assistants, administrators and volunteers who make it all happen.