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Kaleidoscope of the Arts set to mark a decade

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Superintendent Brian Andjelic presents a certificate of appreciation to Paulette Heller, left, for the fact the 12-34 Cafe in Elkwater, which her family owns, holds a Kaleidoscope fundraising event annually. Ann Morrison, right, joins in the congratulations. Superintendent Brian Andjelic presents a certificate of appreciation to Paulette Heller, left, for the fact the 12-34 Cafe in Elkwater, which her family owns, holds a Kaleidoscope fundraising event annually. Ann Morrison, right, joins in the congratulations. Photo by Rose Sanchez

The Kaleidoscope of the Arts will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. The annual showcase of fine arts is a chance for students of all ages in Prairie Rose School Division schools to come together for one day and show off their talents in art, music and drama. They also have the opportunity to be adjudicated, receiving valuable feedback about their skills.


The event this year will be spread over two days, June 1-2, Ann Morrison, chair of the arts committee for PRSD, told the board of trustees at the April 11 regular meeting.
The performances take place at the Esplanade Art and Heritage Centre in downtown Medicine Hat. Artwork will also be on display.
The morning show performances on the main stage will get underway June 2 at 10 a.m., followed by an afternoon show at 1 p.m. An evening performance at 6:30 p.m. will draw many parents and other family members who can’t attend during the day.
New this year will be another opportunity for a show geared for early elementary students taking place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
“It opens the door for some further schools to come if they wanted to as well,” Morrison explained, adding there is still time for those schools to bus their students to Medicine Hat without affecting the regular bus schedules.
The whole Esplanade is used, including the Cutbanks Room and Studio Theatre for adjudication performances that will take place June 1 and 2.
Also new this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary are art workshops. There is room for 120 students to take part in the special workshops which this year will include a theme around Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Morrison said they will reward two schools who have been consistent supporters of Kaleidoscope with their attendance and participation. Those schools have already been chosen.
“The idea is to create Canadian symbols,” she explained. “They will be building their symbols and making them into totems. We’re really excited about that.”
A third focus this year that is new is adding in a public speaking component. Morrison said it fits well with the fact so many rural students are in 4-H and already involved in public speaking. The organizing committee felt it was a talent skillset that was not represented as part of the fine arts showcase and should be.
Tickets for the Kaleidoscope of the Arts are $7, while a children’s ticket costs $3. Awards are handed out for art in various categories, there is an FNMI award, as well as performance awards including best vocal, best instrumental, best dramatic or dance performance, the Dennis Orr Award (performer showing most potential), the Doug Nichols Award (best overall performance) and best group performance.
Students who want to take part in the annual arts showcase have to register by May 5. More information is available on the webpage (http://prrdweb.com/Kaleidoscope of the Arts.php), with a link off of the PRSD website. It includes information for parents, performers, the awards, teacher information, workshop information and art submission guidelines as well as registration forms for both performing on the main stage and adjudication.
Paulette Heller, a fellow committee member, was also at the meeting to let the board know the annual Kaleidoscope for the Arts fundraiser hosted by the 12-34 Café in Elkwater will take place again this year for the seventh time. Money raised will be divided between the fine arts showcase as well as this year the Urban Bulldogs Against Kids Abuse organization.
The evening event set for June 24 will feature jazz music in partnership with the annual Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, as well musicians from Prairie Rose schools. A beef on a bun supper is always popular and there will be live and silent auction components. Tickets for the event are available at the 12-34 Café.
The money raised for Kaleidoscope helps offset some of the costs of holding the event at the Esplanade which carries a heftier price tag.
“To have it at the Esplanade is amazing,” pointed out Heller.
“The students come in bus loads and the Esplanade is buzzing. It’s so wonderful to see the little ones come in to see their artwork and then go and listen to the performances — the music, art and drama. It’s wonderful.”

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