The Gloucester Student Arts Festival returns

AURELIA HARRISON, Features and Opinions Editor

After a 3-year hiatus, the Gloucester Student Arts Festival will make its grand return on Saturday, May 13th, and thanks to the efforts of The Gloucester Education Foundation, it’s better than ever.

Since the event was interrupted by COVID-19, the Gloucester Education Foundation and Gloucester Public Schools have spent time revitalizing it. In the past, the Arts Festival has been a place for people to see student art in City Hall. Now, The Arts Festival will feature a new slate of activities for the whole community to enjoy.

“Our goal is to make the Arts Festival a daylong celebration of the arts, and a destination for the whole community”, GEF Executive Director Emily Siegel said. “Attendees should plan to spend a few hours downtown, participating in art workshops, viewing fantastic work by our students, enjoying local food, and taking in performances from our music and theater programs.”

There will be a wide selection of events and activities throughout the day: student musical performances, interactive art stations, poetry, dance, and so much more. Student photography will be out on display, as well as student art in many mediums.

“I think the Spring Arts Festival is a great way for the community to see the students’ artwork.” GHS art teacher Lorrinda Cerrutti said. “I think it’s the only opportunity for the community to see the students’ art.”

Along with all the wonderful art and celebration, there will also be a selection of food vendors, including but not limited to Holy Cow Ice Cream, Castaways, Five Star Phresh Phoods, Butter Ur Biscuit, and Rhea Pizzeria Napoletana.

“The planning team has worked hard to create an event that both celebrates our student artists and arts educators, and brings excitement to downtown Gloucester,” said Arts Festival Coordinator Toni Waldron.

Due to the clean-up needed after the small fire at City Hall last week, the student artwork slated to be displayed in Kyrouz Auditorium on May 13 will be shown at the Sawyer Free Library’s Dale Avenue location instead. Though closed, as it prepares for its upcoming historic renovation and expansion slated to begin this Fall, the Sawyer Free Library has generously agreed to let the Arts Festival access the empty first-floor space to ensure the festival can go on as planned. Festival goers are asked to use the Library’s 2 Dale Avenue entrance.



What: The Gloucester Students Arts Festival

When: May 13th, 12-5 pm

Where: Warren Street, Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Museum, MAGMA, and more!

How Much: FREE


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