The popular debate of which school activity for kids – arts or sports – is better for a child’s overall development won’t get any clearer this evening at Discovery Middle School. However, if you believe that a proper amounts of exposure to both is good middle ground for you or your young person, Discovery is the place to go.
Tonight’s 2nd Annual International Arts Night event, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., is open to the public. It features over 20 exhibits/events celebrating the diversity and culture of the school and the Fargo community. Artists, music performers, demonstrations, food, and fitness activity events – an additional component of this year’s fair – will be located throughout the building, and on the grounds outside.
Over 300 visitors took part in last year’s interactive event, which features caricatures, watercolor, mixed media, architecture, photography, ceramics, sand art, and other activities and demonstrations. The Plains Art Museum and Underbrush Gallery will also host their own booths at the event.
Music and dance activities include performances by 4th and 5th grade choirs, the Shimmy Sisters (Egyptian, Latvian, and Native Tribal Fusion dance), Heather & Thistle Pipes and Drums, 7th/8th grade chamber orchestra, Buffalo River Native American Singers and Dancers, and others. Ethnic food samples for the night come from area restaurants, staff, and parents. Crafts and artifacts will also be on display from the school’s foreign language clubs.
This year’s physical activity component is new to the Night. Events include an Amazing Race scavenger hunt, Body Flow, Zumba, and a Tour de France Cycling Class. The fitness component is the work of teachers and the school’s business partner, Courts Plus Fitness Center.