Arts Education Showcase: ‘Work of HeArt’ to be showcased May 2

Arts Education Showcase held in 2018. (Photo by Betty Hum)

Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach celebrates a “Work of HeArt” from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, during the Eighth Annual Arts Education Showcase.

The “Work of HeArt” will showcase at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., according to a press release inviting the community to experience a free, fun-filled celebration of the visual and performing arts.

Each aspect will represent the efforts of Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach in the community, from the organization’s work with local schools and nonprofit organizations to its outreach work with seniors, the release said.

“The arts are a crucial part of what makes our community vibrant, thriving, and healthy,” Natalie Marsh, Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach director, said in a prepared statement.

“They contribute to our creative economy, build empathy by bringing people together, and make our community a beautiful place to live, work, and visit. That is why the education team at Scottsdale Arts engages with people of all ages and abilities to ensure everyone has access to the public, performing, and visual arts.”

The event will include exhibitions, activities, and displays from schools, community organizations, and city of Scottsdale senior centers, the release added.

In addition to artistic bowls from the Alli Ortega Empty Bowls Benefit Sale, there will be photographic and written works by youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, a woodburning demonstration, and performances by student musicians, singers, and dancers.

Attendees can participate in some creative activities, including the opportunity to design their own friendly felt monster at Marble Mountain, which was recently featured at the Scottsdale Arts Festival, the release noted.

“This year, Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach collaborated with partners across the Valley to touch more lives than ever before,” said Chris Harthun, arts education coordinator for the organization, in a prepared statement.

“While the individuals that we work with are diverse, the arts reach and connect us at the core of our humanity. Art is a universal language that transcends boundaries, heals, and gives hope.”

The free event is open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP at EducationShowcase.ScottsdaleArts.org.

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