Fridley School District announces 2017 Fine Arts Festival

The Fridley Public School district has announced the return of the Fridley Fine Arts Festival, an awe-inspiring fundraiser showcasing the fine arts crafted by the talented students attending Fridley schools.

The event will be held Saturday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in the Fridley High School auditorium. The event, will unveil the artistic achievements of students all the way from pre-kindergarten to Fridley alumni.

“The event is really a celebration of the whole district,” said Fridley Performing Arts Club Advisor, Tim Leistikow.

New this year, the Fridley Lions Club will be hosting a tailgate party in the parking lot prior to the event.

“We will have food, music and games,” said Leistikow. “We haven’t done this before so we are pretty excited about it.”

When the doors open, the festival will consist of two parts: the preshow and the main event.

The presentation of the preshow performances will allow audience members to engage with student performers. The preshow elements are going to be held in hallways of the high school and will showcase art displays, musical performances, improv routines, a fashion show, vocal performances and much more before the main show begins in the recently renovated auditorium. District elementary grade students will also be leading a participatory dance activity.

“The theme this year is ‘I make the art, the art makes me’ and that is a big part of our focus,” said Leistikow. “The showcase is about students showing how they create art and how that in turn makes who they are.”

The main event will feature on stage student performances including jazz performances, a piano solo, a dance troupe and an award winning spoken word performance by senior Amir Khadar, who recently won six national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

A broadcast of Fridley alumna Annika Paulson’s Ted Talk will also be featured during the main event. In December, Paulson was selected as one of 20 presenters from throughout the country to present at the first ever TED-Ed Weekend and this April, she was invited by the head of TED, Chris Anderson, to present at the annual TedX conference in Vancouver, Canada.

“Annika’s Ted Talk is really amazing,” said Leistikow. “We’re so lucky to have her be a part of this.”

For the first time ever, admission to the festival is free, although donations are suggested with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly back into the district to support the fine art programs.

If you are not able to attend the show but still want to support the Fridley fine art programs, tax deductible donations can be made at

To view the 2017 Fridley Fine Arts Festival promo video, visit

Fridley High School is located at 6000 West Moore Lake Drive NE.

Contact Sam Lenhart at [email protected]