SD58 Festival

What a success!

We haven't heard the numbers, but the arts events we made it to were well attended!


Art teachers Shannon Dunn, shown here, and Linda Suzuki were very busy for two week...going to all the events that they had been planning with students for months.

And organizing arts events for the students to attend.


It was a collaborative affair, with teachers at all level and students in all classes in the Nicola Valley and in Princeton participating.


Music, dance, theatre, and visual arts!


Here are some photos from the student's art show at the Civic Centre...

The Courthouse Arts Gallery was also blessed with a SD58 Art Show, full of student work. The focus was black and white...charcoal, pen sketches. But colorful work as well!

What’s the Big Idea!?


S.D. #58
Arts Festival


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.




SD58 Arts Festival

Link to Photos of the student's Art Show at Civic Centre

Thanks, Jean!