First Saturday events kick off Ridgefield Youth Arts Month

Month-long celebration scheduled to begin Sat., March 2

RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield School District is celebrating Youth Arts Month in a big way this year, joining with local businesses, organizations, the city of Ridgefield and local artists to offer an abundance of opportunities for children and the Ridgefield community to discover their creative side through art and music throughout the entire month of March.

Ridgefield will be buzzing on First Saturday, March 2 as performers and artists converge in downtown Ridgefield to participate in “Art Alive,” a performing arts showcase designed to entertain as it kicks off the start to Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.

The school district established Ridgefield Youth Arts Month to support the district’s commitment to deliver personalized learning experiences for each student through appreciation of the arts as well as to increase support of the arts throughout the community.

To celebrate Youth Arts Month, Ridgefield Community Education is offering an array of classes for the community and for kids of all ages.  Many classes are free. View the schedule of activities by visiting the district website at www.ridgefieldsd.org.  Click on Explore and Community Education.  Under Current Course Offerings, click on the pdf labeled Ridgefield Youth Arts Month 2019.

All classes require online registration and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you find a class full, sign up for the wait-list. With enough interest, a second class may be added!

A variety of classes in arts and crafts or music and dance are offered this year.  Students can take part in the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Peter & Wendy,” sign up for Jam Band, Hip Hop Workshop or Line Dancing.  Learn art in its many forms: watercolor, block carving & printing, acrylic painting, and sculpting. Or take in the District Art Show and the many musical concert performances scheduled throughout the month showcasing the talents of our amazing students.

This year, Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Lions Club are pleased to present a special performance by three award-winning blind musicians, Mac Potts, Nick Baker and Brent Gjerve in an amazing piano concert, “3 Grands Concert & Benefit” on Fri., March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center.  Enjoy a unique, awe-inspiring performance by these talented musicians. Proceeds benefit Ridgefield High School’s scholarship program and Ridgefield Youth Arts Month. Tickets are available online at https://ridge.revtrak.net under Events.

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its title sponsor, The Modern Orthodontist (www.themodernorthodontist.com) and sponsorship from the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation for their support of Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.

For more information, contact Ridgefield Community Education at (360) 619-1303 or via email at terri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org.

First Saturday

Ridgefield will be buzzing on First Saturday, March 2 as performers and artists converge in downtown Ridgefield to participate in “Art Alive,” a performing arts showcase designed to entertain as it kicks off the start to Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.
It all begins at 11 a.m., when the Ridgefield Community Center opens its doors welcoming all to the Arts Quarter Block Party.  The “Express Yourself Art Bar” will offer creative art activities for children of all ages. There will be a variety of community-sponsored, hands-on art projects sure to engage.  Visit the Art Fair and browse the wares of local vendors. Enjoy theatrical scenes and sketches by The Fusion Theater Collective and inspiring musical performances by Musical Expressions and the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.  Watch performers from Dance Fusion Northwest as they debut the show they plan to present in Disneyland in April. Featured will be dance pieces in hip hop, contemporary, tap and jazz.
First Saturday promises to be engaging, fun, entertaining, and full of creativity as Ridgefield begins a month-long celebration in support of local youth art programs.  View the Ridgefield Youth Arts Month schedule of activities by visiting the district website at www.ridgefieldsd.org. Click on Explore and Community Education. Under Current Course Offerings, click on the pdf labeled Ridgefield Youth Arts Month 2019.

Information provided by Ridgefield School District.

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