Local High School Students Visit Collegiate for artsPOWER

Artistic endeavors of all kinds shone today on Collegiate School's campus as high school dancers, musicians, artists and thespians from around the region gathered for master classes of sorts to hone their skills. Seventy-five students from area public and private schools took part in artsPOWER, an annual daylong event during which the students learn from local professionals and collaborate with like-minded peers in the visual arts, music, dance and theater.
This year's students hailed from Collegiate, Appomattox Regional Governor's School, Benedictine, Henrico High School Center for the Arts, St. Christopher's, St. Catherine's, St Gertrude's and Trinity Episcopal. They were grouped together to attend a workshop in each area of art - music, art, dance and theater - then used what they learned to develop a piece for their group to perform at day's end.

"Seeing how students from different schools come together and realize how much they have in common with one another is the best part of the experience," said Mike Boyd, Collegiate's Director of Performing Arts. "They start the day as strangers and end the day as friends, having discovered that the arts are a form of creativity and communication they all share.... This day always provides justification to those in the arts as to why their passion is so enriching and meaningful when it brings so many of them together."

Today was Collegiate's fourth time hosting artsPOWER since the program was established 12 years ago.