Students thrive in the arts at Lake Highland Prep. When our students share their artistic gifts, they learn to endure, hope, believe, and bear more than they knew was possible. Their learning teaches us, inspires us, and fortifies us to take a look inside and risk sharing ourselves with others.
The Arts League is a parent volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the experience of LHPS students in the arts – celebrating and supporting our student artists year-round.
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Arts League Programs
ANNUAL ARTS FESTIVAL
This campus-wide, week-long celebration of the arts offers a full program of activities and performances involving every grade level at Lake Highland. Celebrations include pop-up art shows, student music, dance performances, and an “Arts Signing Day” for seniors committing to continue their artistic pursuits at prestigious art colleges and universities around the world. The Arts Festival culminates with the completion of projectART, a school-wide collaboration to create art for the Central Florida community. Recent projectART recipients include New Image Youth Center, Orlando City Soccer Stadium, and the Doctor Phillips Performing Arts Center, among others.
ARTISTS IN ACTION
Artists in Action is a visual art awareness program presented throughout the school year that focuses on famous artists. Students in grades 3rd-6th participate in a designed presentation and corresponding art project, while volunteer parents interact with students, and facilitate the lesson, and delightfully watch the students make art inspired by the masters!
projectART is an annual initiative that builds an artistic collaboration between our students, parent volunteers and the Central Florida community. Beautiful projectART creations hang in the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and The Disney Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida. One installation even resides on the western edge of the Bradshaw campus, the Big Shoe, in honor of Arts League Past President Sal Sharpe. projectART celebrates our community on and off-campus and provides inspiration for artists everywhere.
THE ART CONTEST
Fun, creativity and artistry are stimulated in the spring Art Contest that sends Lake Highland student art out into the community! First, the contest’s host inspires the topic and the students get busy creating art that is truly remarkable in its creativity, variety and imagination. Next, put on display in the Rex Rotunda, a selected panel adjudicates the student art while students and faculty delight in the show! Finally, the contest host welcomes the winning selections for display on their shop walls for our Orlando neighbors to enjoy and admire. Our students love expressing themselves through visual art!
SALT Arts—Student Arts Leadership Training—is a program that develops leadership skills in a team of Upper School Art Students through organizing, developing and sharing the arts at Lake Highland. SALT Arts participants mentor students at the neighboring elementary school, serve as a liaison with the Arts League for events during Arts Festival Week, and further promotes the arts on our campus and in our community.
Leading industry experts and professional artists participate in an annual in-person “ProPanel” Q&A hosted at LHPS. This unique opportunity provides an open forum for Upper School Highlanders to learn about careers available in the arts, hear expert advice, and connect with distinguished professionals. Recent participants include renowned artists, television producers, music industry pros, and designers, among others.
Arts Signing Day
Many Highlander student-artists discover a passion for self-expression through art and choose to continue art as a focus of study in college. During Lake Highland’s Arts Festival Week, we celebrate seniors who have been accepted into art programs at prestigious colleges and universities around the world. Parents, teachers, and peers gather in the Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts to recognize and congratulate those seniors pursuing post-secondary education in the arts.