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High School Students Celebrate the Arts Tuesday with Drums, Dance

High School Students Celebrate the Arts Tuesday with Drums, Dance

(November 9, 2001)

The UCR Taiko Ensemble, a ground-shaking Japanese drum group, will be among the performing and fine artists celebrating creativity with 120 local high school arts students during Sweeney Arts Day, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the University of California, Riverside.

Students from a dozen high schools in Riverside and San Bernardino counties will explore photography, dance, creative writing, film and other performing arts inside UCR’s new Arts building, a 55,000-square-foot venue for performances and exhibits.

Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach and Dean Patricia O’Brien of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences will welcome the group at 8:30 a.m., before students split into small groups for hands-on sessions in creative writing, music composition, digital photography and dance. Another session includes a visit to the nearby Sweeney Art Gallery.

All the participants will gather at 11 a.m. in the outdoor patio of the Arts building for a performance by the Taiko Ensemble. The day ends at 1 p.m. after lunch and a tour of the campus.

This is the third annual Sweeney Arts Day, sponsored by Jack and Marilyn Sweeney, which offers a chance for students who have already excelled in the arts to see opportunities that await in college. The theme for the day is “The Arts and Your Future.”

Participating high schools are (Names of students are available upon request):


Centennial High School

Santiago High School

Desert area:

Amistad High School

Indio High School

La Quinta High School

Palm Desert High School


Eisenhower High School


A.B. Miller High School


Idyllwild Arts Academy


Riverside Christian High School


Paloma Valley High School


New Horizons High School

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