Church Street Elementary plans community arts festival

n Art & Soul will feature art work

of students and professionals

as well as music and food.

BY GINNY MILLER

Daily Journal

TUPELO – A fundraiser for Church Street Elementary has evolved into a community celebration of the arts.

“We do want a lot of community participation,” Principal Kay Collins said about Art & Soul, which will be April 18 at the school in downtown Tupelo. “We don’t just want this to be a Church Street event. Everybody’s invited.”

Tabitha Easter and Trae Wyatt are chairing the event, which the PTA also is supporting. “We’ve invited many different local artists to come and display their work, and artists and teachers will be working with students to create their own pieces of art” for the festival, Easter said.

Wyatt noted the importance of the arts to students. “We believe the arts play a vital part in a child’s education and we want to give our students more exposure to a variety of art mediums.”

Vendors, too, will be varied. Artists include painter William Heard of Tupelo, a jewelry maker from Aberdeen and Tupelo High student Hal Boerner, a Church Street alum who welds yard art.

Music will be provided by Dusty Vinyl, a band featuring Church Street music teacher Linda Austin, and student choirs from Church Street, Lawhon, Thomas Street and Pierce Street elementaries. Guitarists from THS also will perform.

Collins hopes to make a little money from the silent auction and the sale of coffee donated by Starbuck’s, pizza and homemade desserts. “It is our spring fundraiser but that’s not our main focus,” she said. “We just believe in the arts. They make children’s lives richer.”

Contact Daily Journal education writer Ginny Miller at 678-1582 or ginny.miller@djournal.com. Also read her education blog, Inside the Backpack, at the djournal.com Blog Center.