Royal Bay hosting arts and culture gala Wednesday

Evening promises to give visitors insights into student artists’ creative process

A student works on a mask in art class at Royal Bay secondary. The school is hosting Interconnections: Celebrating Humanity Through Arts and Culture

A student works on a mask in art class at Royal Bay secondary. The school is hosting Interconnections: Celebrating Humanity Through Arts and Culture

If you’ve ever wondered how artists develop something into a finished product, Royal Bay secondary’s varied arts programs are ready to give audiences a glimpse into that process.

The school’s second arts and culture night, Interconnections: Celebrating Humanity Through Arts and Culture, happens Wednesday (Feb. 15). The event gives local residents a chance to tour the school’s arts-related facilities, from theatre to visual arts and even the art of food, to see how students create art out of an idea.

“It’s a beautiful opportunity to bring together intergenerational folks … in one place to enjoy a series of rotational events,” said Regan Rasmussen, the school’s visual arts teacher.

Guests will arrive, register and be given a colour-coded name tag before beginning their tour at the corresponding station.

There will also be a hands-on component to many of the activities and Rasmussen hopes that having international students from Japan, Brazil and Germany, among other places, will give the evening a real sense of interconnectedness. “It’s just a really joyful evening,” she offered.

Melissa Young, the school’s theatre director, is excited that the evening will give her students a chance to practice their improvisational skills as they create scenes from scratch for the public.

“I’m hoping that we can show people who are perhaps not familiar with what happens in our classes … a little bit of insight into what we do and the process of how to create art,” she said.

Young hopes students from Royal Bay’s feeder schools will also join in on the fun and get a glimpse of what the school has to offer when it comes to the arts.

The event is free and takes place from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m.

joel.tansey@goldstreamgazette.com