Fine Arts and Fun at Annual Festival

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Gribbin School students displayed their artistic talents at the school’s annual Fine Arts Festival on June 3.

The evening began with a dance performance by second-grade students, led by New York City jazz dancer Mickey Davidson, who spent four weeks preparing the children during their physical education classes. Next was a jazzy singalong, under the direction of music teacher JoAnn Criblez. Students and their families also enjoyed a jazz-inspired student-art exhibit coordinated by art teacher LeeAnn Palazzo and took part in jazz-related activities in the library. In addition, students enjoyed outdoor activities and a performance by a professional jazz band.    

According to music teacher JoAnn Criblez, the interdisciplinary event brought the school’s art, library, music and physical education departments together to highlight the world of jazz music through dance, song, books and art.

“Jazz music came from diverse people living together,” Criblez said. “It was exciting to unite for a month and show the children how the theme of jazz connects in different areas.”

The festival was dedicated to late librarian Robin Schapira, who lost her battle with cancer in February. Schapira’s mother attended the event.