The ISAS Arts Festival is officially sanctioned and supported by the Association to help promote and develop Upper School (Grades 9 through 12) arts activities and curricula of its member schools. Participation in the Festival is intended to foster high standards and stimulate creativity in the performing and fine arts programs of the schools and in the individual endeavors of students and teachers.
Independent Schools Association of the Southwest Arts Festival began in
1967 with an invitation from the Casady School Choir to the choirs of
Wichita Collegiate and Holland Hall to participate in a joint program.
Since then, the Festival has grown to be the nation’s premiere annual
regional arts festival among independent schools. Typically occurring
each spring at a different member school campus, the Festival is a
collaborative enterprise featuring an average of thirty participating
schools. From its inception, rather than a competition for prizes or
rankings, the ISAS Arts Festival has been designed as a celebration of
sharing and learning with critiques by professional artists and
performers. This approach has fostered creativity and experimentation
and has proven to be an exceptional opportunity for schools to come
together to understand and to appreciate qualities in one another’s
programs and other facilities. The Festival has been instrumental in the
development of strong arts programs in participating ISAS schools and
richly inspirational to their students. Thus, the Festival has grown in
both stature and popularity over the years.
"The arts festival is an incredible experience for students. We've seen many talented musicians and performers go on to prominent performing and visual arts careers"
~ Mark Desjardins, ISAS President & Head of School
St. John's School