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Seven Oaks arts festival celebrates spirit and soul

2,500 students perform during three-day event at Kildonan Park

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The guitar class from Maples Collegiate rock to a blues jam as part of Arts in the Park 2013 at Kildonan Park last week.

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The guitar class from Maples Collegiate rock to a blues jam as part of Arts in the Park 2013 at Kildonan Park last week. Photo Store

At least there were tents.

In what proved to be a rainy week, more than 7,500 Seven Oaks School Division students descended on Kildonan Park May 29 to 31 for the 2013 edition of Arts in the Park.

The three-day event featured more than 2,500 performers across the ages in daytime and evening events, from the Grade 5 French Fiddlers at Edward Finney School to the jazz band at Ecole Seven Oaks to the Zero Gravity Dance club at West Kildonan Collegiate.

"All of the different ages get to see what the older kids are doing and what the younger kids are doing," said co-ordinator Barb Warrack.

"It really gets the community spirit going when you have a tent full of elementary performers, then its middle school, then it’s a high school."

That variety has led the biannual student arts celebration its success, Warrack said. Started in 2003, the event has grown from about four tents and solely music performances to include 10 tents this year as more programs and extra-curricular clubs join in, she said.

Division trustees have embraced an expansion of arts programs as the division’s student populations continues to grow, Warrack said.

"For a lot of people, (art) fuels their spirit, their soul," said Warrack.

"For a lot of them, that helps them drive them to keep them in school, to keep them active and to graduate."

For more, visit www.7oaks.org.

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