Los Leones Student Arts Festival puts spotlight on the arts

Los Leones Student Arts Festival puts spotlight on the arts


The 23rd annual Los Leones Student Arts Festival is back in full force with something for everyone. This family-oriented event will be held Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes an art show and sale with more than thousands of 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 9:00 a.m. followed by the opening ceremony and awards program beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the Main Stage.

There will be three performance venues for performing artists. Main Stage will feature 11:00 Marshall Jazz Choir, 12:00 Neff Mariachi, 12:30 Ross Mariachi, 1:00 Holmes Mariachi, 1:30 Holmes HS Advance Treble Choir.

The Courtyard Area will feature 9:30 Rudder MS “Silver 7” Show Choir, 11:00 Clark HS Jazz Band, 12:00 Jay HS Rock-N-Strings, 12:30 Burke ES Bear Choir, 1:00 Leon Springs ES Choir, 1:30 Jay Mariachi, 1:45 Timberwilde ES Twirlers, 1:50 Jay Mariachi.

The Cafeteria will feature 9:00 Jefferson Theatre, 11:00 Jay Dance, 11:20 Hobby Dance/Theatre, 11:30 Neff Dance, 11:40 Rawlinson Dance, 11:50 Brandeis Ballet, 12:00 Stinson Dance, 12:10 Stevens Dance, 12:20 Clark Dance, 12:40 Garcia Dance, 12:50 Stevenson Dance, 1:00 Holmes Dance, 1:10 Ross Dance, 1:20 Luna Dance, 1:40 Rayburn Dance, 1:50 Rudder Dance.

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

This year the festival will once again 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 Isabela Villanueva, a fourth-grade student at Leon Springs Elementary School. Her winning art, titled “The Sunset Lion” will be featured on the publicity poster and event t-shirt. Her art teacher is Kelly Mann.

Other winners include:

Elementary category: Octavia Xol Garza Danweber, first place, Esparza ES; Kylin Flannery, second place, Lewis ES; and Janelle Canlapan, third place, Steubing ES.

Middle School category: Kairi Woodard, first place, Folks MS; Eli Ortega, second place, Rudder MS; and Morgan Galvan, third place, Vale MS.

High School category: Julian Breyman, first place, O’Connor HS; Camila Kaplan, second place, Brandeis HS; and Angelique Berrios, third place, Harlan 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.