Spotlights
Dundalk comes together for fine art
04/22/2014

Spotlight

There seemed to be a little something for everyone at the Fifth Annual Dundalk Cluster Exhibit at Dundalk High School, and from the traffic on Delvale Avenue to the jammed school parking lots, it appeared that just about everyone in Dundalk decided to attend the popular fine arts extravaganza.

“It’s just growing and growing,” said Farrell Maddox of the April 9 event, which drew student artists, musicians, chefs and even a famous robot from the feeder schools to Dundalk High – Berkshire, Colgate, Dundalk, Logan and Norwood elementary schools and Dundalk and Holabird STEM middle schools, as well as talent from Dundalk High itself. Maddox, a supervisor in the BCPS Office of Visual Arts, said high school communities elsewhere in Baltimore County, seeing the success of the Dundalk event, have inquired about starting their own cluster exhibits.

At Dundalk, an estimated 1,500 guests enjoyed the music of chamber singers, orchestras and bands representing Colgate and Logan elementaries, Holabird Middle and Dundalk High. Across the Dundalk gymnasium, parents snapped pictures of fanciful artworks and sculptures, sampled canapés from Dundalk’s culinary arts program, crafted art at a variety of make-and-take tables on one side of the gym and posed in front of a full-sized facsimile of the robot from the campy 1960s sci-fi series, “Lost in Space.”

The event is designed not only to showcase the considerable talents of students in Dundalk’s feeder schools but also to strengthen the connections between elementary, middle and high school levels for parents, students and staff. “This gives children and parents an opportunity to visit (Dundalk High School) and get a feel for the programs here,” said Dundalk Principal Tom Shouldice, gesturing to the throng. Obviously, he added, “it’s been very well received.”

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Spotlight submitted by Charles Herndon, BCPS communications specialist
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