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Don't Fret: these students are happy to be strung along?


November 4, 2014, 8:00pm


Story and photos provided by the All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation —


    The All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation introduced a new after school program this year: A String Orchestra! This class started in September and is open to all Fullerton School District students in grades 4 through 8. Each of the thirty-five students enrolled were encouraged to pick an instrument that inspired them to play, whether it be the violin, cello, viola, or bass. Any student who did not have an instrument, was loaned one at no additional cost. The course will culminate with a Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 3rd at Ladera Vista Junior High.

    This program is the first of its kind for "All the Arts" as the Foundation thinks of new ways to inspire children to think creatively. Not only are music lessons directly tied with a better understanding of math and patterns, but they are also inspirational, and a great hands-on approach to learning! Students in the class are excited about discovering new instruments and others are focused on perfecting their skills on familiar ones.

    The class often gets divided into two groups, where one set can concentrate on the cello, viola, and bass with artist/educator Greg Adamson (a renowned cello player himself) and the violin players get one-on-one attention from artist/educator Mary Louise Uys, also the Instrumental Music Director at Beechwood and Fisler.

   Another ongoing and exceptional after school program is the Master Mosaics Class being held at Sunset Lane. This club is now in its second round, having kicked off last year by designing and creating an incredible mural titled "Circles of Love" for St. Jude Medical Center. This masterpiece is now installed on the East side of the walkway across Harbor Boulevard at St. Jude. Not only did the students learn the art and patience of mosaics, but they also acquired invaluable business experience working with a client and learning how to meet their needs.



These unique programs are a staple of the All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation. They're made possible by the Fullerton community's commitment to supporting arts education and the organization.  One way you can show your support for the Foundation is by purchasing a ticket to the annual Art Auction XXI on Saturday, November 8th. The evening is full of original art, live music, auctions, baskets, and lots of food and drink! 100% of the proceeds from the gala go directly into the Fullerton School District to help make programs like the String Orchestra and the Master Mosaic Club possible.



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