Showcasing art

This week has definitely been more art than academics for the students at West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics.
Krystle Wagner
Mar 15, 2013


From acting and ceramics to a magician and floral arranging, about 30 guests visited the Ferrysburg charter school during its Festival of the Arts, a weeklong program designed to give students exposure to things they might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience, Academy Director Travis Thomsen said.

Thomsen said the program is funded through grant money from Grand Valley State University and contributions from the school’s Parent Teacher Student Organization.

“It’s an opportunity for kids to experience art for art's sake,” he said.

On Thursday, students in grades kindergarten through second gathered in the music room for a Rock'n'Roll Dance Party with guest Jim Dufford. Students sang and danced to songs such as “Walk Like an Egyptian,” but first-grader Julia Bolla said her favorite song was a variation of the traditional ABCs song.

“It was really cool because we got to stand up and move our bodies around,” the 6-year-old said.

First-grader River Snyder said Wednesday’s magician, Alan Kazam, awed him and became the boy's favorite act of the week. Snyder said it inspired him to purchase his own magic kit.

“It was really cool,” he said.

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