Elevate the Arts showcases performing, visual arts


By Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest



Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.

Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.


Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.


Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.


Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.


Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.


Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.


VANDALIA — Hundreds of students and their parents from Helke and Demmitt Elementary as well as Smith and Morton Middle School gathered for the sixth annual Elevate the Arts celebration at Morton last Thursday.

“Elevate the Arts is a program that reminds everyone that having the performing and visual arts in our schools isn’t just something extra, but an integral part of the education of our youth,” said Vandalia-Butler City Schools music teacher Melinda Wissel.

Thursday’s event included an art exhibit in the gymnasium featuring a gallery of more than 1,200 pieces of framed student work from the classrooms of Wissel, Kim Anderson, Arrin Turnmire, and Kate Brookshire as well as performances by Morton’s handbell and vocal choirs.

Brookshire, who teaches art at Morton, has worked with her students to produce some of the pieces on display. Brookshire sees her class as more than a chance to be creative but also increasing students’ thinking and problem solving skills.

“There are endless solutions to artistic challenges that require high levels of critical thinking and trial and error” said Brookshire. “It is important for students to learn that flexibility and perseverance in their work habits can result in innovative ideas. Art is not simply making something pretty to look it—art is a process of planning, revising and creating that builds off of students’ experiences, beliefs and ideas.”

“It really gives students a sense of pride to view their art and to listen to the talented musicians we have in our district. It is cool to see students and parents come together at school to support the arts,” said Anderson.

Elevate the Arts is sponsored by the Morton Middle School PTO with Dana Kragick, Shanna Beck, and Missy Szloh helping to organize the event. Special thanks goes to the Anthony Trissell Memorial Fund for providing refreshments.

Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/04/web1_Elevate1-1.jpgStudents and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.

Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/04/web1_Elevate2-1.jpgStudents and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.

Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/04/web1_Elevate4-1.jpgStudents and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.

Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/04/web1_Elevate5-1.jpgStudents and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.

Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/04/web1_Elevate6-1.jpgStudents and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.

Students and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/04/web1_Elevate3-1.jpgStudents and their parents from Vandalia-Butler elementary and middle schools celebrated visual and performing arts at the district’s annual Elevate the Arts last Thursday.

By Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

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