May 14, 2008

Meany School Arts Festival, Thursday, May 15, 4-8 pm

Long Lost William Cumming Masterpiece Discovered at Meany Middle School
Unveiling & Appearance by the Artist

PLUS Honoring the art of James Washington and Joe Max Emminger, AND
Meany’s Arts Initiative Success as Demonstrated by Student Visual, Dramatic & Musical Offerings

All This & More Free! (Dinner served free with suggested donation)
Thursday, May 15, 4-8pm Meany’s Jaguar Arts Festival

Seattle-- Meany Middle School will be celebrating the tremendous success of its Arts Initiative, the many talents of its students and the discovery of a treasure: the William Cumming masterpiece that once graced the halls of this central district school. Additionally, Meany will be honoring the work of James Washington and Joe Max Emminger.

The 91 year-old northwest legend will return to Meany where he put the finishing touches on his 4-by-8 foot painting as students passed through the school entry and watched the master at work. The painting, which was commissioned by the Meany PTA in the early 60s, was discovered last June in a storage room mingling with vacuum cleaners, buckets, mops and boxes.

On Thursday, May 15, from 4 to 8pm, Meany will transform itself from Seattle Public Middle School into the Jaguar Arts Festival. A full schedule of performance, art, and activities is planned for the free festival and community event including dinner by Flame Catering and these student offerings:

· Musical and theatrical performances
· Art, photography and technology, literary, science and math and special ed arts
· Interactive Art Stations for all, including Graffiti art hosted by student teachers
· DJ station – interactive
· Silent Auction
· “The Jaguar Performance Showcase”
· Unveiling of the William Cumming painting, introducing William Cumming
· Honoring the brilliant contributions of artists James Washington and Joe Max Emminger

As the topic of art as education is being hotly debated among our country’s educators and leaders, Meany Middle School is a front runner among schools embracing art as an important education piece.
Meany has been implementing a nationally re-known school arts initiative model that infuses the arts into every area of its middle school curriculum through visual art, drama and music. Seattle’s arts community has enthusiastically responded to Meany’s “Artist-in-Residence Program” and is engaged at many levels.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of Seattle Public School’s bright young minds at work and play, and to witness the return of William Cumming and his painting to Meany!

Jaguar Arts Festival & Community Event, Free
Meany Middle School
301 – 21st Avenue East on Capitol Hill
Thursday, May 15, 4-8 pm

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