Art at the Park (AATP) is Christ Episcopal School’s week-long celebration of the arts, which culminates in our unique take on a school fair.
Kicking off with an adults-only cocktail event, the week progresses with a child-centered, gallery-style art exhibit and reception; the jaw-dropping, student-created Box Parade; and, finally, a Saturday spent on our sprawling campus with confetti eggs, wacky hair, and arts and crafts to spare.
Hosted by the Christ Episcopal School Parent Association (CESPA), it is the school’s largest event, and it brings in significant funding that supports educational enhancements.
The name “Art at the Park” nods to the event’s history. Held in Bogue Falaya Park in its early years, Art at the Park is now held on the bucolic grounds of the Christwood Boulevard Campus (CBC).
This adults-only cocktail party is CESPA’s major fundraiser and a chance for parents to enjoy an evening out while supporting the school. In keeping with a focus on the arts, the evening’s silent auction includes works from regional artists and priceless creations by CES art class students.
Christ Episcopal School students enjoy an arts education unmatched on the northshore. One of the happy by-products of this is a prolific amount of amazing art created by the students themselves. From watercolors and acrylics to mixed media and clay, the annual Art Stroll at the ECC displays a selection of each student’s favorite works in a gallery setting. This on-campus event for family and friends also features live music and kid-friendly hors d’oeuvres (a.k.a., cookies).
Enjoy the art of our talented first-12th grade students, music, and light refreshments at the CBC Art Show Opening in the Dathel Fine Arts Center (formerly the Center of Inquiry) Foyer. The spectacular art remains on display through the AATP Family Fun Day!
One of our most eagerly anticipated traditions, the annual Box Parade is not to be missed. Students in fourth-12th grades transform ordinary oversize boxes into wearable masterpieces in keeping with an annual theme. The ECC and Lower School students in first-third grades watch the creative parade, which continues on through the Christwood Retirement Community. The morning kicks off with a DJ-driven dance party and ends with a school-wide picnic lunch.
Spend the day with family and friends, classmates, and faculty at the CBC enjoying all the essentials of a traditional school fair with some Wildcat extras. Kids enjoy the run of the campus looking for their next confetti egg targets, stopping to take part in the dozens of crafts and activities along the way. Recent years have boasted human hamster wheels, rock climbing walls, pony rides, a petting zoo, finger casts, tie-dye t-shirt making, wacky hair and make-up, and more. Performances by the CES choir, crawfish boiled on-site, food truck specialties, and a variety of other entertainment opportunities round out the fun at this can’t-miss event.
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