oboro public school1 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (3/19/14) — Owensboro Public Schools are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the OPS Fine Arts Festival at the RiverPark Center beginning March 24 and running through April 2.

More than 2,500 students from throughout the school district will perform and/or have their artwork on exhibit. All performances are free and open to the public and begin at 7 p.m.

Performances are:

  • March 24 - April 2 Visual Arts Exhibit

  • Monday - March 24 Orchestra Night

  • Tuesday - March 25 Choir Night

  • Wednesday - March 26 Band Night

  • Tuesday - April 1 Theatre Night

  • Wednesday - April 2 Dance Night

“The Arts have become such a part of our district and such a symbol of our success that we could easily take it for granted. To be part of a district that is committed to the Arts being accessible to every child at such a high level is truly a remarkable situation,” said Tom Stites, OPS Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator.

“Each year, we have over 50 percent of our students involved in performance. Collectively, 30,000 OPS students have performed on stage or had their artwork exhibited over the past fifteen years! To stage evening performances in a professional venue for Orchestra, Choir, Band, Theatre and Dance with over 700 works of Art also on public display is pretty amazing. The commitment from our district that every school is represented and that every child has the opportunity to participate is truly remarkable,” said Mr. Stites.

He estimates audiences have totaled 100,000 during that 15-year period.

“We chose the theme "Art & Soul" this year as an expression of our Arts program in the district. The Arts are entwined in every event you can find from athletic events, PSTO meetings, school assemblies, community parades and concerts. When you include the Arts so deeply in a community, it creates a feeling that is unique and makes Owensboro and the Owensboro Public Schools a very special place to be,” he said.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Julie Ellis

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

April 13, 2015 6214

Three Juveniles, Adult Accused of Vandalizing…

by Deputy Will Coursey
April 17, 2015 5891

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 14, 2015 5046

Several Juveniles Charged in Connection with Fight

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 4264

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 16, 2015 3399

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 16,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

April 02, 2015 8475

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 27, 2015 6696

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Now

April 17, 2015 5891

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 18, 2015 4264

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 18, 2015 999

MPD Offers Advice On Prom, Underage Drinking

by Lt. Billy Poe
April 18, 2015 757

Market Commentary - April 18, 2015

by Randall L. Franklin
April 18, 2015 498

Home, Garden Show Concludes Today at Ballard…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 454

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 438

Keeping the Faith - 'God Smiles'

by Ronnie McBrayer
April 18, 2015 420

TVA's Regional Energy Resource Council to Meet in…

by Tennessee Valley Authority
April 18, 2015 405

Hooked on Science - Skewer a Balloon

by Jason Lindsey
April 18, 2015 377

WKCTC Offers Minecraft Class to Teach Students…

by Tammy Thompson