Deer Isle-Stonington High School to Celebrate Arts Week

Submitted by REACH Performing Arts Center.

The fourth annual Deer Isle – Stonington High School Arts Week will run January 27-31, culminating in a public dinner and performance on Friday Jan, 31 at 5:15 PM.

In previous years grades 9-12 were split into four teams, each writing and creating a devised theater piece answering an essential question, this year’s Arts Week will have students in grades 8-12 identifying the projects most intriguing to them. They will then be assigned to one group based on their interest, working within that discipline for the entire week.

This year, Arts Week is celebrating the bicentennial of Maine with projects that will focus on the history and culture of our state. Funding for the week is made possible by the REACH Performing Arts Center, and additionally, is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Projects include 3D Printing with James Rutter and Screen Printing with Hope Rovelto of Portland’s Little Chair Printing, who have both worked for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Mural Making with DISHS Art Teacher Cynthia Pease. A culinary project hosted by Healthy Island Project’s Edible Island exploring native Maine food pathways with Chef Cheryl Wixson. A music through technology workshop run by Mark Churchill. The traditional theater Arts Week theater project with veteran director Jesse Gorden and Opera House Arts’ Joshua McCarey. A filmmaking experience with Current Harbor’s Jamie Watkins, and a week building in the shop with DISHS teacher Steve Zembrusky.

The public event on Friday Jan 31st will begin at 5:15 at the Elementary School Cafeteria with a meal created, prepared, and served by the culinary group led by Chef Wixson. At 6:00, all will move to the REACH Performing Arts Center for presentations by each of the disciplines.

There are no tickets required for any events, though donations will be accepted by the REACH Performing Arts Center to offset the costs of Arts Week.

We hope to see you there!