On Sunday, January 28, 2024, in the Weston Town Center behind the Bell Tower, from 12 noon to 4:30 pm, Celebrate the Arts returns to Weston.  Celebrate the Arts Day is a vibrant, family-friendly festival organized by the Arts Council of Greater Weston in collaboration with the City of Weston and the Weston Music Society. 

This favorite free community event highlights the rich talent in our local schools, individual artists and organizations in all fields: visual arts, performing arts, and literary arts, plus some science booths.  It is chock full of hands-on opportunities for attendees of all ages.

Annalisa Walker, Special Events Manager for the City of Weston, said, “With a crowd of approximately 2,000 in attendance last year, Celebrate the Arts has definitely gained much popularity in the community. This event exhibits both the arts and sciences and showcases the exceptional musical talent in Weston. We encourage everyone to come out and explore what is available for all to enjoy.” 

In visual arts, participants include: Sagemont Arts, Tequesta Trace Art Club, and Imagine Charter School Art.  The Weston Art Guild will have a display of their members’ work.  Young at Art returns with its open-air studio and its Mobile Art Museum.  Bhavanna Jain will display some of her outstanding photographs.

Performing arts are ongoing throughout the day, featuring many genres such as Broadway shows with the Cypress Bay American Music Theater, jazz tunes with Tequesta Trace and Falcon Cove middle school bands, the Eagle Point strings orchestra and the Sagemont Synergy Rock Band. The instrument booth will be back as well, allowing young visitors to discover live the many instruments demonstrated and explained by our local music teachers and students.

Lou Marett, President of the Weston Music Society, comments, “What a joy to witness the Weston Community come together to “celebrate” the arts.  Our student musicians love the opportunity to perform and to pass on their love of music to others.”

In literary arts, the Weston Friends of the Library will have books, information and activities.  New this year is an 8th-grade student whose work “Unplanned Encounters: A Chain of Chaotic Conundrums” has been recently published.

Other participants include the Cypress Bay Robotics Club, the Sagemont Robotics Club, and the Sagemont Chess Club.   Plus, everyone is welcome to get spray tattoos and balloon twists.

Of course, the highlight of the day is the 28-foot graffiti wall for all attendees to express their artistic talent. This blank wall turns into a magnificent artistic collaboration that provides a super photo op.

Jami Nix Rahn, Director of Celebrate the Arts, comments, “Over the years, this event has evolved beyond traditional art and music, blossoming into a vibrant celebration of the symbiotic relationship between art and technology. Our clubs and organizations demonstrate this fusion, showcasing how technological advancements enhance and redefine the realm of creative expression.”