Fine Arts LIVES!

16 Apr 2020
Fine Arts LIVES!
Among the things that we’ve lost as a result of this COVID-19 crisis is our annual Fine Arts Festival.  Judges were scheduled, the calendar was set, and entry forms had even been made available – and then everything came to a screeching halt.  We feel terrible for our hard-working Fine Arts Committee, who had already spent weeks planning the festival, as well as for those students who were looking forward to showcasing their God-given talents in the fine and performing arts.
Well, we’ve got some good news for you!  While the festival, competition, and recital remain an impossibility in our present circumstances, there’s nothing preventing us from publishing our annual Fine Arts anthology, the Varia.  In fact, given that this edition of the Varia will be published digitally, it has the potential to be one of the most unique and diverse ever.  We’re talking every image in full-color (not just a 4-page insert), as well as hyperlinks to video or audio files of entries in the performance categories – Drama/Speech, Vocal & Instrumental Music, and Piano.
If you are interested in participating, please review the requirements for the various categories below, and either share your entries with me on Google Drive ( – check your spelling!) or attach it to an email anytime on or before Wednesday, May 6.  Either way, I will send you a reply within the hour, confirming my receipt of your entry.  If you don’t hear back from me, follow up!
Literary: submit your documents (poetry, short story, essay, etc.) as described above – email attachment or Google Drive share.  Be sure to include a title if your piece has one!
Visual Art: If I’m already holding onto an entry for you, or if you have an assignment from earlier this semester (pre-shutdown) you’d like included, just send me an email to let me know.  I will be heading to school to photograph those myself (I may need to contact you for a title); if it’s something in your sketchbook, or an assignment you’ve worked on at home, please photograph it with a decent digital camera or phone, and email or share it with me.  If it’s a class assignment you’ve already submitted electronically, we can check and see if an existing photo will suffice.
PhotographyMs. Kamp has been collecting Photo entries since last semester, so there may be very little you guys have to do (again, titles might be needed).  If it’s a more recent photo, or one you didn’t take as part of her class, just share or email the digital file to
Drama/Speech, Instrumental Music, Piano, and Vocal Music: All performance entrants – this is where you will be able to appear in the Varia as never before!  Simply record and upload a video of your piece (or audio-only, if you’d prefer), along with titles, authors, composers, and any other relevant information.  Make sure your lighting and audio quality are as good as you can make them!  Since files like these tend to be large, sharing them on Google Drive is probably going to work better than email.
Please consider helping us to fill the 2020 Varia with many different expressions of God’s good gifts by Illiana students!
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