March 29, 2023 10:47 pm

The 24th annual Really Spectacular Arts Festival for students with unique wants was held Tuesday at the new Discovery Planet on Marketplace, which will hold a grand opening on April two. The festival is sponsored by Artsbridge. (Photo Supplied)

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge celebrated its 24th annual Really Spectacular Arts Festival for students with unique wants on Tuesday at the new Discovery Planet on Marketplace.

The new collaboration presented the students an exclusive private day at Discovery Planet on Marketplace Street and had been the 1st group of little ones to get to practical experience the new interactive museum.

“I had never ever knowledgeable Really Spectacular Arts just before taking on my function of executive director,” Artsbridge Executive Director Lyndsay Dennis mentioned. “To strategy an occasion I’d never ever knowledgeable, added to the adjust of venue, was a exceptional difficulty. On the other hand, we powered via with the greatest interests of the students in the forefront of our minds.”

About 340 students from Wood, Wirt, Washington, Tyler, Ritchie, Pleasants and Doddridge counties registered to attend the occasion, which is sponsored by the PM Enterprise via a Spirit of Providing Grant, Dennis mentioned. Whilst climate kept all from attending, about 285 students had been in a position to attend the festival.

Artsbridge set up 4 Art Project stations all through the venue on Tuesday.

“Students developed critters of diverse mediums, which lined up with the theme of the basement level, as nicely as masks, necklaces, collage and more” mentioned Mary Smith, Artsbridge system co-coordinator who planned all of the art projects for the students.

Wood County Society and its Art Beat Studio presented a fifth art project station with a big-scale collaborative painting on canvas as nicely as paper butterflies.

Brandon Gress, executive director of the Wood County Society, with employees and volunteers had been excited to be component of the Artsbridge Really Spectacular Arts Festival.

“Events such as this 1 are a large undertaking and without having the assistance of our neighborhood and volunteers, it merely couldn’t be accomplished,” Dennis mentioned.

The Parkersburg South National Honor Society and Parkersburg Catholic college offered student volunteers and the ARC of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Yvonne Santin and Wood County Schools, Artsbridge Board Members and the festival committee also offered volunteers.

Michael “Moon” Mullen, a musician and former mayor of Marietta, entertained students in the course of lunch time.

Lunch for the volunteers was donated by Napolis, Mister Bee Potato Chips in Parkersburg and Marietta Workplace Provide. Artsbridge also cited employees at Discovery Planet on Marketplace such as Wendy Shriver and Tres Ross.

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