Celebrate the Arts

On Saturday, April 21st from 1 to 4pm, La Jolla High School will host a special "Celebration of the Arts" as part of its 90th anniversary activities.  This event, held on the quad of the school's campus, is open to the community, and will be fun for all ages.  The festivities will highlight the visual and performing arts programs as well as interactive art for all attendees.

“We  are very enthusiastic about the program which offers many opportunities to create and be a part of the art as it happens on site, stated Jane Wheeler and Beth Penny,  co- chairs of the event.

Chalk LaStrada Chalk art drawings will surround the La Jolla High School quad. Everyone is welcome to participate in this Italian inspired Street painting, an activity that has been recorded throughout Europe since the 16th century. Ceramics teacher, Mr. Marcus, will offer a "mud fest" for those interested in trying out the pottery wheels.  The "Gong Show" invites anyone interested in displaying their one minute talent on the outdoor stage and risk the GONG. For the thespians, read your favorite poem or verse at the “Orator’s Soap Box” – express yourself! Bring out the hidden art in you - brush your favorite color on canvas at the Collaborative Abstract Painting station. Buy a ticket to the Art Raffle and see if you are a lucky winner

Multiple musical performances will entertain throughout the afternoon featuring the LJHS Madrigals, Jazz Vocals, Varsity & Jazz Band, Highlights from "Grease" the musical as well as the top 3 winners of the school’s  Air band talent show…..and much more. Enjoy live street buskers & strolling entertainment by LJHS drama department. A lively and colorful afternoon is guaranteed for all!"

Don’t miss the La Jolla Playhouse station showcasing photographs from its formative years at La Jolla High, and its current theatrical creations!  John O’Dea, LJHS alum and Playhouse Finance Director  is excited to be a part of the 90th celebration, ”As a La Jolla High School grad, I have always been proud of the connection to La Jolla Playhouse. As Director of Finance of the Playhouse, I am excited whenever we can have a connection between our theatre and my alma mater.   The Playhouse was born in the old LJHS auditorium and its founding spirit helps to guide the great work on our stages. We are delighted that LJHS will feature the Playhouse in its upcoming Celebrate the Arts event.

Student art will be available for viewing and purchase under the tented “Art Village” in the quad. Visit the latest works from Studio Art, Woodshop, Photography, Ceramics (mugs, bowls, and teapots) and the Auto shop Hot Rod! Check out the Robotics Club’s latest creative robot.


Drama teacher Anne Boutelle, will be using this event as a class project, where her students will be involved in the production and performance of the festival’s outdoor theater. Ceramics teacher Paul Marcus has been planning all year and guiding his students come up with creative pieces to display and sell. Art Teacher Carol Shamrock has her students creating both 2-D and 3-D visual arts. She will also be spearheading the collaborative rolled paper sculpture on the quad. Photography teacher Zane Friberg is having students capture art “through the lens”. Mr. Mattio’s woodshop is hammering and sawing away to create a beautiful Adirondack chair for the Art Raffle, as well as fabulous wood creations for sale.  Brenda Henderson and Michael Fielder are busy rehearsing a myriad of musical pieces for your listening pleasure.

Visit the library to view an extensive collection of Alumni memorabilia on display. Sandy Coggan Erickson (class of ‘62), founder of the La Jolla High Alumni Association, is looking forward to the event and encourages all alumni to attend. The LJHS Alumni Assn., Foundation and PTA have been sponsoring 90th anniversary events throughout the 2011/12 school year. This event is open to all ages in the community and all the decades of alums are welcome.  

All purchases and donations will go directly to the arts departments to help offset the cost of department supplies. Admission to this event is free. Bring your family and friends.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Support the Arts…. The Roots of La Jolla!

If you would like to show off your talent & one minute of fame in the GONG Show or Orator’s Soap Box please contact our talent agent, Beth Penny, to book your time slot. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“The Power of Art lives in people and ideas, not within walls” - quote from Without Walls, La Jolla Playhouse

 For more information, contact….Beth Penny This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jane Wheeler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.