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Student Arts Festival brings fun to Gloucester

Emily Siegel
Student volunteers Brooke McNiff, Miah Cerrutti, Althea McHugh, Willow Barry, April Smith, and Victoria Lottatore at last year’s Arts Festival.

With the end of the school year in sight, it is time for students to look back and reflect on their academic and artistic accomplishments. Undoubtedly, one of the most fun ways to do so is by attending the Student Arts Festival on May 18th from 11am – 4pm. 

Originally created in 2008 by GPS and the Gloucester Education Foundation, the festival displays art created by students from every school in the district. Groups such as the Sawyer Free Library, City of Gloucester and the Cape Ann Museum have also helped to create the event. 

After the Covid-19 pandemic caused the event to pause, and eventually become remote, both GPS and GEF decided to revamp the event. Their efforts were a success last year, with over 1,500 people attending the 2023 Student Arts Festival. 

“Last year’s Festival was a big hit, and we’re looking to build on that momentum this year,” GEF Executive Director Emily Siegel said. “We’re especially excited about the roles students will be playing in leading activities at the festival alongside teachers and local artists.”

This year, students and community members alike will have the opportunity to attend art workshops led by local artists, members of the CAM Teen Council, and GHS students from the Racial Equity and Advocacy Club, and the National Art Honors Society. Attendees will be able to participate in printmaking, woodcarving, mural painting, and more.

Live music will be performed by the GHS, O’Maley, and elementary school bands, as well as a steel drum performance by the band Dis n’ Dat. Different food vendors will also be available at the event, and special deals will be provided at nearby shops for those who attend the festival. 

The free event will take place in the Cape Ann Museum, City Hall, and along Warren St. Community members are encouraged to come and celebrate the artistic accomplishments of GPS students while also enjoying live performance and food. 

The schedule can be found here.


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