Iseringhausen had wanted to get students involved in art projects throughout the community ever since she taught elementary school art. The idea for the arts fair came when Iseringhausen’s high school Community Art class wanted to do a hands-on project instead of a final exam. Fast forward four years later and the idea has blossomed into a highly anticipated community tradition.
“I had wanted to do some sort of interdisciplinary community fair for years,” said Iseringhausen. “When the students decided they wanted to create a fair that combined art, music and dance, I knew it would be a fantastic way to combine everything they’d learned throughout the year. The students do everything from the community outreach and fundraising to planning and execution. They get a lot of experience that sets them up for life after high school.”
“My biggest takeaway from the class was learning to communicate with people in the business world,” said Anna Linnabany, junior. “I gained the social skills to interact with people older and more powerful than me. I feel confident now that I could go into a business and get an application to work there without feeling nervous about talking to business owners.”
Jay Gibson, junior, also discovered valuable skills he can use moving forward.
“I learned a lot about patience and working as a team,” said Gibson. “Not everyone wanted to do what I wanted to do and not everything went the way we had planned, but I learned how to collect myself, look at the problem and try to work with everyone to find a solution.”