The 17th annual Los Leones Student Arts Festival has something for everyone. This family-oriented event will be held Saturday, March 31 and includes an art show and sale with more than 2,500 pieces of high quality student artwork by NISD students.
Admission is free to the event, which will be held at the Leon Valley Community Center on Evers Road. A free shuttle bus to the event will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from the parking lot at Leon Valley Elementary School.
In addition, there will be musical entertainment, food booths, a chalkfest, demonstrations by professional artists, balloon art, and costumed characters.
"Please come out and support Northside student artists as they show and sell their original art,” Superintendent John Folks said. “It's important that our student artists know that their creativity and talent can also be economically beneficial."
Exhibits open at 8:30 a.m. with the Jay and Holmes High School Mariachis performing. The opening ceremonies and awards program will begin at 9:30 a.m. In addition to all the art awards, Leon Valley Mayor Cris Riley will recognize Dr. Folks for his support of the Los Leones partnership during his tenure as superintendent. Also, Richard and Ruthie Loring will be recognized for their 17 years of volunteering at Los Leones.
Musical groups include the Warren High School Jazz Ensemble, 10:45 a.m.; Burke Elementary Choir, 11:45 a.m.; and the Clark High School Jazz Ensemble, 12:45 p.m. Chalkfest awards and closing ceremonies will begin at 1:45 p.m.
Poster art winners include:
- Elementary Category: Cesar De La Cerda, first place, Murnin ES; Elizabeth Cortez, second place, Elrod ES; and Rebecca Fowler, third place, Elrod ES.
- Middle School category: Bella Martinez, first place, Hobby MS; Follow Me, second place, Rudder MS; and Hannah Apps, third place, Jordan MS.
- High School category: Pauli Porter, first place, Taft HS; Vivian Wong, second place, Taft HS; and Wendy Hernandez-Cortez, third place, Taft HS.
Two dozen judges from business partners will select their personal “pick of show,” awarding $25 prizes in the categories of elementary, middle, and high school art.
The inspiration of former Leon Valley Mayor Marcy Meffert, Los Leones was developed to encourage student artists and help them to learn “the business of art,” while establishing an active arts community in the city of Leon Valley.
The event is a partnership of the city of Leon Valley, Northside ISD, and the Northside Education Foundation and showcases the artwork of numerous Northside students, teachers, and visiting artists-in-residents.