DANVILLE – The musical and artistic talents of schoolchildren from across Danville District 118 will be on display during a daylong event next week.

The Danville Public School Foundation will sponsor a Fine Arts Showcase from 9 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. April 27 at Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. It is free and open to the public.

Foundation Executive Director Bob Richard said the foundation helped fund the event with a grant that covered the cost of framing some of the students’ artwork and the award ribbons that will be given as prizes, as well as paid for an artist-in-residence who will talk to and work with students at some of the district’s schools in the days leading up to the event. The artist-in-residence also will judge the artwork the day of the event.

“The foundation encourages children to become involved in the arts,” Richard said. “There are different forms of expression, and this is the perfect venue for students to display their talents.”

North Ridge Middle School band and DHS jazz band teacher Brian Klett hatched the idea for the showcase and said he hopes it generates positive publicity for the district and its students.

“We have so many talented kids here,” he said. “They need to be recognized.

“I tell people I wish they could see what I see every day when I’m at school,” he added.

Klett said there is so much musical talent in the district, he had to limit the number of musical groups that will perform during the event for the sake of time.

As a special treat, Joan Klatil Creamer – an artist, industrial designer and author from Providence, R.I. — will spend three days before the event visiting various classrooms throughout the district as an artist-in-residence.

Klett said Creamer was the first female exterior car designer for General Motors and designed many of 1970s era Cadillacs.

“She writes and illustrates books,” he said, referring to her series of “Magic Sceptre” children’s books. “She does designs for Lenox, Waterford and Wedgwood and did some work for Disney.”

Creamer also designed the First Lady of the United States’ commemorative Easter egg for Laura Bush in 2004.

“She will be judging the art show for us,” Klett said.

Klett would like the showcase will become a yearly event in the district.

“We’re hoping to make this an annual thing,” he said. “Hopefully this will grow.

“I want people to hear and see what us teachers get to hear and see every day,” Klett said.

The daylong schedule is as follows:

• 9 a.m. — Northeast violins

• 9:30 a.m. — South View orchestra

• 10 a.m. — North Ridge orchestra

• 10:30 a.m. — Danville High School orchestra

• 11-11:40 a.m. — Break

• 11:40 a.m. — North Ridge choir

• 12:05 p.m. — Art show awards

• 1 p.m. — Green Machine

• 1:30 p.m. — Radiant Reds

• 2 p.m. — Delegation

• 2:30 p.m. — Danville High School jazz choir

• 3:45 p.m. — Mark Denman group

• 4:15 p.m. — Liberty drum group

• 4:45 p.m. — North Ridge Rudiments drumline

• 5:15 p.m. — DHS percussion ensemble

• 5:45 p.m. — Northeast sixth-grade band

• 6:15 p.m. — South View band/South View choir

• 6:45 p.m. — North Ridge band

• 7:15 p.m. — Danville High School wind ensemble

• 7:45 p.m. — North Ridge Red Peppers jazz band

• 8:15 p.m. — Danville High School 10th Degree jazz band

IF YOU GO

The Danville District 118 Fine Arts Showcase will take place from 9 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. April 27 at Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. It is free and open to the public.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to include the correct name of the Danville Public School Foundation.

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