Los Leones Student Arts Festival puts spotlight on the arts

The 22nd annual Los Leones Student Arts Festival has something for everyone. This family-oriented event will be held Saturday, March 23 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.

Art Exhibits open at 8:30 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony and awards program beginning at 10:00 a.m.  

There will be two performance venues for performing artists. Main Stage will feature Adams Hill ES Choir (8:30AM), Zachry MS Treble Choir (9:00AM), Warren HS Zero Period (9:30AM), Chalkfest Kick-Off (10:45AM), Jay HS Mariachi (11:00AM), Holmes HS Mariachi (11:30 PM), Soloist Showcase (12:00PM), and Holmes Choir (12:30).

The Courtyard Area will feature Locke Hill ES (8:30AM), Kallison ES Choir (9:00AM), Burke ES Choir (9:30AM), Luna Jazz Band (11:00AM), Rock-N-Strings (12:00PM), and Lewis ES Percussion Ensemble (1:00PM).       

In addition, there will be a large variety of food booths, mimes, face painting, art demonstrations, Northside history, plus much more. There is plenty to do for the entire family.

This year the festival will include Transformational Treasures (version of Flea Market Flip). Teams of Fine Art teachers will create a product using recycle items. The final products will be judged and auctioned off and the proceeds will benefit the Marcy Meffert Art Scholarship to be awarded to a Northside Art student who will be majoring in art. 

This year’s grand prize winner in the publicity contest is Lauren Liguez, an 8th grade student at Luna MS.  Her winning art, titled “Power of Music” will be featured on the publicity poster and event t-shirt. Her art teacher is Sarah Sharp.

Other winners include:

Elementary category: Randi Wians, First Place, Steubing ES; Brynlee Dawson, Second Place, Steubing  ES; Gabriel Tovar, Third Place, Kuentz ES

Middle School category: Brayden Gardner, First Place, Folks MS; Mariska Coleman, Second Place, Pease MS; Eleanor Streeter, Third Place, Jefferson MS 

High School category: Noela Joson, First Place, Taft HS; Genevieve Alpar, Second Place, Taft HS; Viviana Valenzuela, Third Place, Taft 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.