What’s the Big Idea! Arts Festival – S.D. #58

School District 58 is pleased to announce a district-wide Fine Arts Festival this spring called, “What’s the Big Idea!” The festival will take place from April 24th to May 5th, 2017 in both Princeton and Merritt.  Princeton and Merritt students, Fine Arts teachers, local artists, and community members have been busy planning this exciting celebration of the arts.  The entire event is sponsored by School District 58 and is part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.


The What’s the Big Idea! theme comes from B.C.s new curriculum which emphasizes building student success through collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.  The Fine Arts are leaders in this area and we are excited to offer a wide array of experiences. Community members of all ages are invited to come, participate, and celebrate the arts on all levels through dance, music, visual art, choral singing, musical theatre, drama, photography and other talents.  We are also pleased to have several guests join us over the course of the week: The Kamloops Men’s Choir, the Naramata Singers and Nicola Valley Community Band, and Justin Glibbery and Friends Jazz Quartet from Penticton. One of the best experiences for learning is participating in passions that all ages enjoy.   The festival will celebrate student work, as well as, give them an opportunity to join with others who have either continued their passion for the arts into adulthood, and even present and perform with some who have made the Arts their career.


In Princeton, the big night is an “open house style” evening event on Thursday, April 27th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Princeton Secondary School.  Fine Arts from all Princeton schools will be highlighted that evening.  Baking will be available for sale in the cafeteria.  Proceeds from the bake sale, as well as, purchases of student art at the Art for Others event go towards JAE’s foster child.  Other events planned that evening include art displays, theatre sports, Artist Trading Card making stations and live musical performances.


We would like to invite community members from both communities  – of all ages – to join us in this first-ever event.  Admission to events is FREE unless otherwise posted.


Monday, April 24

“Step Into the Spotlight”

Talent Showcase

All Grades

6:30-8:30 pm

Merritt Secondary School, MPR



Tuesday, April 25

“Murder in the Heir”

An interactive murder mystery-comedy


Merritt Secondary School, MPR

Tickets available through MSS Theatre program Grade 11/12 students


Wednesday, April 26

“Dreamcatcher” A Musical


Merritt Civic Centre featuring all elementary choirs





“What’s the Big Idea”

SD58 Student Visual Art Display

Opening Reception: 4-6 pm

Merritt Civic Centre

Show continues thru May 5, 2017



Thursday, April 27

“It’s Not Only Black and White” Art Show

Grand Opening: 4-6 pm

At the Courthouse Gallery

Show continues thru May 5, 2017

Gallery Hours: Thurs – Sat from 12-6 pm




Friday, April 28

“Bench Has Talent” Variety Show

1:30 pm at Bench Elementary



“Diamondvale Art Walk”

2:00 pm at Diamondvale Elementary



“Jazz Dessert Night”

with Vocals and Special Friends

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Merritt Secondary School, MPR

Tickets available through Vocal Jazz students at MSS


Monday, May 1

“Music Monday”

A district wide collaborative band workshop


Merritt Secondary School, MPR



Tuesday, May 2

“An Enchanted Evening of Dance”

6:30-8:30 pm

Merritt Civic Centre

Featuring Spanish, Ballet,

First Nations and more



Wednesday, May 3

“Artists Space Workshop”

Open to MSS students

2-3 pm (Choice block)

Merritt Secondary School, MPR


Thursday, May 4

“A Celebration of Music”

Showcasing the Naramata Singers,

Kamloops Men’s Chorus, Nicola Valley

Community Band, and Love to Dance.

7-8:30 pm

Merritt Civic Centre


Friday, May 5

“The Student’s Eye” Photography Show

Reception: 5-7pm

At Brambles Bakery

Secret Door Gallery

Continued from April 25 – May 5, 2017



For more information contact:

In Merritt:

Visual Arts and Festival Coordinator – Shannon Dunn at sdunn@365.sd58.bc.ca

Jazz Vocals with Justin Glibbery Jazz Quartet and Photography – Brian Cargnelli at bcargnelli@365.sd58.bc.ca

Nicola Valley Community Band and Naramata Singers – James Clark at jamesaclark139@gmail.com

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