Winand Elementary celebrates culture, diversity through Music and Art Night


Music, art – or both!

In celebration of culture and diversity, Winand Elementary School held its first Music and Art Night.

Hosted throughout the building, the school-wide event kicked off with performances by the Winand Elementary band and orchestra. Following the performances, attendees strolled through a gallery of artifacts and artworks from around the world. Among the artifacts on display were matryoshka nesting dolls and pysanky eggs from Ukraine, carved animals and jeweled boxes from Afghanistan, dolls in traditional costumes from Turkey, a Pinocchio marionette from the Czech Republic, molas from Panama and even a piece of the Berlin Wall from Germany. Standing beside the artworks resembling their respective famous originals were students who, dressed as artists Frieda Kahlo, Michelangelo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh and others, posed for photographs and participated in interviews. Staff, too, took part in the fun, standing beside their own work in a separate gallery.

The evening also included several activity stations, where students and their families constructed windmills from the Netherlands, made kites from South Korea, designed pysanky-inspired eggs from Ukraine, created kente paper weavings from Ghana, decorated tiles from Turkey and painted murals in the style of Van Gogh’s Starry Night from France.

Music and Art Night was a great success for Winand Elementary, as guests walked away with a better understanding of culture and diversity from across the globe.

Story and photos by Meghan Covert, speech language pathologist, Winand Elementary School. Story edited by Blake Lubinski, intern, Department of Communications and Community Outreach.
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