Students at John Burroughs High School participated a variety of creative activities at the annual JBHS Arts For All Day – A Hands On Experience on Wednesday, October 7. During fourth period and lunch, the school’s population checked out dance, acting, visual arts, music, theater, small engines, technology and more.
“Arts for All has evolved over the years,” explained Debbie Gudzin from the JBHS Athletics and Activities Department, who has coordinated the program for several years. “It started out as an event to show the artwork, exhibits and performance abilities of our student body.”
“It also allowed all students to see what our different programs have to offer them at John Burroughs High School. We then began to invite community artists and local businesses to promote their arts programs to our students who may be interested in a career in the arts.”
“Over the years, this event has taken place in several locations throughout our campus. We have had jazz bands playing in the Building 2 alley,” she continued. “A photography display setup like an art walk near Building 2. We even utilized our gym mezzanine and hallways of Building 6 when it rained one year.”
“Last year, Arts for All took a new turn, with the theme ‘A Hands On Experience,'” Gudzin added. “We asked all of our programs to come up with a way to teach our students something. To let them touch musical instruments, put their hands on a pottery wheel. Learn a dance. Take a vocal lesson. Mold a piece of clay. Paint a mural.”
“This concept was very well received by our student body. We have continued the hands on experience as our theme for this year’s Arts for All event, with even more involvement by our talented teachers and students.”
Junior Megan Chan was excited about the clay dish she made in less than 15 minutes with help from an instructor at the pottery station.
“It was really fun!” Chan exclaimed. “Even if it gets broken while you’re making it, you can fix it.”