May 15, 2021

The importance of art

Monroe Elementary Fine Arts Night back Friday at middle school

It will be a fine night to take in some art. The Monroe Elementary Fine Arts Night is on the move planned for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the PCM Middle School in Prairie City.

Still featuring art and performances by students, the Fine Arts Night is back after taking a year off due to the pandemic.

“I’m thrilled we are able to hold the event this year,” art teacher Christy Humpal said. “I think it’s important to give students an opportunity to showcase their talents for the community in this way — the way to show is a bit different since the venue has changed — all grade levels worked on large collaborative pieces that will be on display in the middle school. I’m excited to show off what the kids have created.”

Like many events, the Fine Arts Night has been modified to accommodate for COVID. This year, each grade level will perform individually beginning with second grade at 5:30 p.m., third grade at 6 p.m., fourth grade at 6:30 p.m. and fifth grade at 7 p.m.

“Students have the option to sign up for a large group, a solo or a small group activity. We hope there are lots of students who get involved with this event,” Monroe Elementary PTA President Kasandra Lynch said. “Possible performance ideas for these optional groups are singing, dancing, instrument playing, readers theater, poetry, magic, tumbling, etc. Students do not have to sign up for a solo or a small group act but it is definitely encouraged.”

There will also be a snack reception as guests exit the auditorium. A free will donation will go to the Monroe Elementary PTA for the individually packaged treats.

“Fine Arts Night is important because it’s a celebration of how the visual and performing arts are important to us here at Monroe Elementary. There will also be art to view as well as live performances to enjoy,” Lynch said. " We want to thank Monroe Elementary PTA Stacie McCoy, Rachel Purvis and Ms. LeValley for their hard work and putting this event together.”

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or