On Sunday, January 29, 2023, the Arts Council, the Weston Music Society, and the City of Weston held the family favorite event Celebrate the Arts. It was a spectacular showcase of the arts in Weston and attracted 2000 visitors.
As Mayor Margaret Brown was enjoying one of the performances, she stated “Celebrate the Arts Day is really something special. Families get to see and experience so much of what our students are learning in the way of the arts and the kids are interacting with other students, it’s just fabulous”.
Booths highlighting art, music, photography, chess and robotic clubs from various Weston schools showcased student work and provided hands-on activities for all to enjoy. The popular 28’ graffiti wall was easily a big fan favorite, attracting almost everyone who attended to add their inspired drawings. Jami Nix-Rahm, former Arts Council President who traveled from Colorado to be with us, said, “We had record crowds for this year’s Celebrate the Arts Day. This year’s theme, Skyward Dreams, was well represented with the creative drawing on our graffiti wall and in Master Chalk Artist’s Ken Mullen’s vision of a 3-D paper airplane, perfect for group pictures and selfies”.
Young at Art Museum featured their open-air studio with projects inspired to complement the YAA On the Go Mobile Art Museum [parked nearby. The mobile museum highlights an interactive art installation by artist Ali Shrago-Spechler.
Olaf from the movie “Frozen” was there, and everybody wanted a picture with him, including Mayor Brown, every kid (and every kid at heart), and even two policemen grinned broadly as the camera snapped them with this beloved character.
Event attendees enjoyed performances throughout the afternoon by drama and music groups from various schools located in and near Weston. The talent of these young student musicians is superb. Aspiring musicians got a chance to experience instruments at the Youth All Star booth, where we know of several students going on to join their school bands because of this experience. Gina Catone, President of the Weston Music Society, noted, ““Celebrate the Arts was a marvelous event highlighting our talented youth in musical performances and showcasing the arts in Weston.”
Annalisa Walker, Special Events Manager for Weston, summed it up this way. “This event brings individuals of all ages together to engage in a variety of art and cultural activities, as well as enjoy numerous performances by talented young students. Watching attendees experience each booth and explore their inner interests, puts a smile on my face. The City is delighted to continue partnering on this event and is grateful for the numerous volunteers who help to make this event possible.”