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New Mexico School for the Arts
(May 2, 2016) Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico School for the Arts will present ArtSpring, its annual year-end student performance and celebration, on May 19 and 20 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in downtown Santa Fe!  The student performance, featuring an exuberant array of dance, theater, and music onstage, will be held at 6pm both nights. The May 20th show will be followed by NMSA’s ArtSpring Gala at the Eldorado Hotel, with a glowing after-party with refreshments, specialty drinks, and dancing, featuring Vanilla Pop.
Students will collaborate interdepartmentally to bring works to life by such seminal artists as Stephen Sondheim, Philip Glass, Bela Bartok, and more!  NMSA Arts Chairs Adam McKinney (dance), Joey Chavez (theater), Cristina Gonzalez (visual arts), and Neil Swapp (music) have worked with Artistic Director Wayne Hilton to craft this year’s ArtSpring, the theme of which is “Art as One.” Hilton has emphasized that he has worked to bring the four art forms together in a show that has continuity and contextual integrity. Using a number of artistic concepts as the movements that make up the performance – “design,” “order,” “balance,” “tension,” etc., Hilton and the Arts Chairs are creating a show with NMSA students that has a distinct narrative, while showcasing the various art forms honed at NMSA.  Visual arts produced by students will be featured via projection during two of the show’s movements, and dance, theater, and music are integrated throughout.
Tickets for Thursday’s show, Friday’s show, and the Gala can be purchased at ticketssantafe.org. All proceeds benefit NMSA’s arts and residential scholarship programs.
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NMSA provides access to a rigorous mastery arts and academic high school education for youth with passion and aptitude in the arts, leading to post-secondary learning, careers in the arts, and lives that contribute to society.
NMSA is a public/private partnership comprised of the NMSA-Art Institute, a nonprofit art educational institution, and NMSA High School. NMSA’s purpose is to provide the highest standards of excellence in preparing New Mexico’s artistically talented students to compete in the national arena for post-secondary education and/or professional careers in the arts. NMSA offers pre-professional instruction in the performing and visual arts and rigorous academics leading to a high school diploma. NMSA is located in the former St. Francis Cathedral School, 275 East Alameda in Santa Fe. For more information, visit: www.NMSchoolForTheArts.org.