Los Leones Student Arts Festival puts spotlight on the arts

The 20th annual Los Leones Student Arts Festival has something for everyone. This family-oriented event will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes an art show and sale with more than 2,500 pieces of high quality student artwork by NISD students.

Admission is free and open to the public. The event will be held at Marshall High School in Leon Valley on 8000 Lobo Lane.

In addition, there will be musical entertainment, food booths, a Chalkfest, glass blowing demonstrations, face painting and much more. Children will also have the opportunity to learn about Northside’s history by visiting with representatives from the Northside museum.

Exhibits open at 8:30 a.m., with the opening ceremonies and awards program beginning at 8:45 a.m.  There are three areas of entertainment throughout the venue.

There will be three areas of entertainment this year. Main Stage will feature Marshall High School Choir at 10:35 a.m., Jefferson Middle School Theatre at 11 a.m., Brennan High School Choir at 11:15 a.m., a Flash Mob performance at 11:30 a.m., Taft High School Choir at 11:45 a.m., and the Stevens High School Guitar Group at noon.

 The Courtyard Area will feature Burke Elementary School Choir at 10:35 a.m., Raba Elementary School Choir at 11 a.m., Luna Jazz Band at 11:30 a.m., Carlos Coon Elementary Warriors Dance Group at noon, Hoffmann Jumpers at 12:15 p.m. and the Rock-N-Strings/Rockin’ Raiders at 12:30 p.m.

The Cafeteria Area will feature Stevens High School Jazz Dance Company at 10:35 a.m., Brandeis High School Dance Department at 11 a.m., “Story Time” by the Northside Museum at 11:15 a.m., Stevenson Middle School Choir at 11:30 a.m., Carlos Coon Elementary School hand bells at 11:45 a.m., and the Holmes High School Mariachi at 12:20 p.m.

Chalkfest awards and closing ceremonies will begin at 1:15 p.m.

And the Grand Prize Winner is ….

In the Los Leones Publicity Contest, there were more than 100 entries submitted for this district-level competition. Grand Prize winner is Rebecca Ruiz, a 9th grade student at Clark HS. Her winning art, titled “El Leon De Los Artes,” will be seen on the publicity poster and event t-shirt.

Other winners include:

Elementary category: Ava Gonzales, first place, Adams Hill ES; Romesa Syed, second place, Raba ES; and Brianna Colmamn, third place, Murnin ES.

Middle School category: Briana Chavez, first place, Briscoe MS; Olivia Salinas, second place, Folks MS; and Thaonhi Tran, third place, Rudder MS.

High School category: Margarita Vias-Bernal, first place, Taft HS; Deandra Muniz, second place, Stevens HS; and Marilyn Reid, third place, Clark HS.

The inspiration and collaboration of former Leon Valley Mayor Marcy Meffert and NISD Fine Arts Director James Miculka, Los Leones was developed to encourage student artists and help them to learn “the business of art,” while establishing an active arts community in the city of Leon Valley.

Judges from the community will select their personal “pick of show” awarding $25 prizes in the categories of elementary, middle, and high school art.

The event is a partnership of the city of Leon Valley, Northside ISD, and the Northside Education Foundation and showcases the artwork of numerous Northside students, teachers, and visiting artists-in-residents.