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Hundreds of Fridley students, staff and community members enjoyed a night of artistic expression at the annual Fridley Fine Arts Festival (FFAF) on May 5, 2018. FFAF is a celebration of the great accomplishments of all the fine arts activities found throughout the district, from pre-kindergarten through high school.
Attendees are immersed in the creative process experience, allowing them to not only observe achievement, but to also actively participate in artistic self-expression. Guests were guided through the event by colored lines which corresponded to various activities. Kids pounded on drums to cover glue art with confetti, and parents joined their children to play improv games. There were smiles everywhere as people conducted a mini-band, strutted the runway for a fashion show, created magnetic poetry and viewed student art featured in a massive gallery.
To cap off the night, guests enjoyed the FFAF final showcase, featuring musical performances and presentations from Fridley students. Ending the show, students gathered on stage to explain what the fine arts programs mean to them and the impact that it has made on their lives. Students expressed gratitude for the friendships, having fun and having an outlet for creative expression.
"Expression of oneself, in the many forms that were represented at the festival, acknowledges that art comes from many perspectives," said Dan Wold, FPS Auditorium and Events Coordinator and one of the main organizers of the event. "We are proud to allow students the freedom to go where their passion takes them."
“Once again, the resounding success of the 2018 Fridley Fine Arts Festival showed that the Fridley community values and supports the arts,” said Andrew Haaheim, a Fridley High School teacher who helped to organize the event. “We want to thank each and every person for their generous donations to help fund arts programs across the district, their participation in the festival, and the joy they helped to create. We value you, we thank you, and we cannot wait to see you next year!”