The Kyrene Community Education and Outreach Services will present its inaugural Fine Arts Showcase on Friday, with more than 400 elementary students participating in the night’s festivities.

The Fine Arts Showcase will be hosted by the Desert Vista Choir Department.

According to the press release, the Fine Arts Showcase is intended to be a family celebration of the arts with performances from 16 different performing groups at schools in Ahwatukee, Chandler and Tempe.

The performing groups will be showcasing different performances such as steel drums, marimba bands and several choirs.

Some of the fine art that will be on display will be from mixed media, ceramics to jewelry.

The event will also allow the community to witness what students, who are in a plethora of fine arts programs, are learning and creating.

Many of the fine arts extended learning opportunities are offered before and after school through the collaborative efforts of the Kyrene Community Education Department and the district’s certified teachers.

Brenda Mulkey, music showcase coordinator, said the Fine Art Showcase was an effort for the Kyrene School District to showcase the fine arts opportunities offered to students.

“We actually do offer more arts classes through our Community Education and Outreach Services, but some of them are taught by outside vendors. This particular showcase is highlighting directors and art teachers who are giving up their time before and after school for students to learn directly from them,” Mulkey said. “We’re hoping to make it a yearly event.”

Mulkey said it has been a good partnership between the Kyrene Community Education, Outreach Program and the Desert Vista Choir Department.

“The high school is extremely important in helping students know what they have to look forward to in the fine arts as well,” she said.

The inaugural Fine Arts Showcase will occur this Friday, April 4, from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St.

There’s no charge to attend, but donations will be accepted at the door and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the different outdoor performances and eat dinner.

Families are encouraged to purchase their dinner at 5:30 p.m., where Kyrene Music and Fine Arts Association members along with the Arts Council for Youth will be selling water, pizza and frozen yogurt.

Performances will take place on the outdoor amphitheater stage in the courtyard and inside the school’s auditorium.

For more information about the Fine Arts Showcase, visit

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