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Summer Arts Festival: What to expect

Whether it’s coloring, doodling, writing or singing, we’ve all got an artsy side. If you haven’t gotten in touch with your creativity recently, or even if you have, Southeast’s River Campus Summer Arts Festival presents an opportunity to celebrate all things artistic – and it might inspire a masterpiece of your own. It all takes place on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll see.

First and foremost, it wouldn’t be an arts festival without traditional visual art – paintings, pencil drawings and more. Stroll through the Crisp Museum and River Campus art galleries to see a variety of artistic styles – everything from surrealism to pop art. Student and faculty work will be on display, and you’ll be able to watch blank canvases transform into intricate showpieces during live demonstrations.

But the festival doesn’t stop at visual art; it also brings music to your ears. The music tent welcomes artists from a variety of backgrounds and styles – everything from violins to steel drums to jazz. And Shuck Recital Hall rings with harmony from area high school students.

If the music makes you feel like swaying along, dancing is strongly encouraged. Bedell Performance Hall welcomes dancers from Southeast Missouri State and studios throughout the community, bringing grace, style and rhythm to the event.

The Summer Arts Festival even celebrates theater, finishing the day with a performance of Disney’s musical hit “Newsies” at the Rest Flexible Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Or catch “The Aristocats” performed by an all-child cast on Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, June 16 at 2 p.m. All the showtimes are listed on the River Campus events page.

But we saved the best part of the arts festival for last: You can be part of it. Instead of simply watching others create, you can make art too – no experience necessary. An Avenue of Art encourages attendees to be inspired by chalk, and children have a tent with all they need to let their imaginations take shape. Plus, dance workshops throughout the day allow you to move with the music and learn new techniques.

For more details about the Summer Arts Festival, check out its Facebook event page.

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