1904223 Colbert County Fine Arts 5

Art teachers Wesley Hooper, Kayla McKinney, Jill Overman and Adam Herring met Monday at Colbert Heights High School to decide which pieces of artwork to enter at in the 2019 Colbert County Schools Fine Arts Festival. [MATT MCKEAN/TIMESDAILY]

The 2019 Colbert County Schools Arts Festival has a new twist this year — a partnership with the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Colbert County Superintendent Gale Satchel said the event brings welcomed exposure to the school system's talented students.

"My ultimate goal is to bring exposure and opportunities to our fine arts students who work so diligently and deserve recognition for their talents," Satchel said.

"There's some tremendous talent in Colbert County. This (festival) isn't a money-maker, but a student-maker. Every aspect of the festival is student-led."

The festival will offer musical performances from all of the school district's elementary music programs, as well as the marching bands from the three high schools.

"There will be a talent showcase that will include specially selected students from every school in the district," said Kayla McKinney, visual arts instructor at Colbert Heights High School and the chairwoman of the Fine Arts Department for the district.

Students from the Colbert Heights High School Theater Department and the Colbert County High School Theater will perform musical and dramatic acts.

In addition there will be a large art show that includes works of students in grades seventh through 12th from all Colbert County schools.

"We'll also have craft activities for all ages," McKinney said, as well as vendors selling arts and crafts, and food.

McKinney said this is the first time the school district has partnered with the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

"We'll be using the stage area and the annex building on the grounds," she said.

The museum will be open for tours that day as well.

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