Public invited to giant, free student arts festival

February 8, 2016

The 19th annual Los Leones Student Arts Festival has something for everyone. This family-oriented event will be held Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes an art show and sale with more than 2,500 pieces of high quality student artwork by NISD students.

Admission is free and open to the public. The event will be held at Marshall High School in Leon Valley on 8000 Lobo Lane.

In addition, there will be musical entertainment, food booths, a Chalkfest, glass blowing demonstrations, face painting and much more. Children will also have the opportunity to learn about Northside’s history by visiting with representatives from the Northside museum.

Exhibits open at 8:30 a.m., with the opening ceremonies and awards program beginning at 9 a.m.  

There will be two areas of entertainment this year. Main Stage will feature an art demonstration by Eric Franke from Warren High School at 11 a.m., and a Conceptual Runway Show presented by the art students from Clark High School at 12:30 p.m.

The Courtyard Area will feature the Hoffmann Jumpers at 8:30 a.m.; Burke Elementary Choir at 10:35 a.m.; Holmes High School Mariachi, 11 a.m.; the Prancer Dancers from Reddix Center at 11:30 a.m.; Rayburn’s Rock-N-Strings and Rockin’ Raiders at noon; and the Luna Jazz Band at 12:30 p.m. Chalkfest awards and closing ceremonies will begin at 1:15 p.m.

And the Grand Prize Winner is ….

In the Los Leones Publicity Contest, there were more than 100 entries submitted for this district-level competition. Grand Prize winner is Gabriella Castro, an 8th grade student at Folks MS. Her winning art, titled “The Sharp Quartet,” will be seen on the publicity poster and event t-shirt.

Click here to view the poster art. 

Other winners include:

Elementary category: Audrey E. Chapa, first place, Cable ES; Belle Rodriguez, second place, Locke Hill ES; and Luzmaria Cerda, third place, Fisher ES.

Middle School category: Rachel Barner, first place, Hobby MS; Juliet Rangel, second place, Jordan MS; and Kassi Wilson, third place, Hector Garcia MS.

High School category: Mari Ledesma, first place, Stevens HS; Dylan Baldwin, second place, Jay HS; and Emma Collins, third place, Jay HS.

The inspiration and collaboration of former Leon Valley Mayor Marcy Meffert and NISD Fine Arts Director James Miculka, 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.

Judges from the community will select their personal “pick of show” awarding $25 prizes in the categories of elementary, middle, and high school art.

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.