Upholding the longstanding tradition of celebrating students’ artistic endeavors and achievements, St. Stephen’s was honored to host the 52nd annual ISAS Arts Festival in April. The festival is a jewel in the crown of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. It has provided amazing opportunities for students to perform, learn, share and grow their artistry for more than half a century.
Dedicated to visual art, music, dance, theatre, film and creative writing, the ISAS Arts Festival is intended to be a joyous celebration of the arts in all forms. This year’s festival brought together close to 4,000 students and faculty from nearly 50 ISAS schools across the southwest. Our hope was for every participant to leave our campus with enriching new ideas and exciting experiences that they could take back to the studio or practice room, to their next lesson or class, to enhance their learning.
Our fine arts faculty began preparing for the 2019 festival last spring, more than a year before the event. Liz Moon, chair of fine arts, has been the great and powerful force behind St. Stephen’s outstanding arts initiatives for more than 30 years, including the ISAS Arts Festival. She was aided by the seemingly tireless Robert Whyburn, production and logistics manager, and festival coordinator Natalie Kuo ’12. These three individuals were instrumental in organizing the nearly nonstop two-and-a-half-day festival. They were supported in their efforts by a cadre of faculty, staff and parent volunteers, without whom the festival would not have been as engaging or fun. Special kudos go to Joan Swartz, parent volunteer coordinator, for her remarkable organizational skills and boundless energy.