Expressive Arts Festival

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Expressive Arts Festival Handbook

The Expressive Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at West Salem Elementary School. Registration due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 24th, 2020.

Changes for 2020: We wanted to let groups know that we won’t have use of a traditional stage; instead, the Elementary School has more of an arena-type setting. We are also working on updating more performance opportunities and awards for merit winners. For performers, merit winners will have the option to perform at the Root Note (115 4th St. S, La Crosse) in April 2020, and art and photography merit winners will have their exhibits on display at the La Crosse County Administrative Center from April-June 2020. So start thinking about what performance you’d like to show now and get practicing!

General Rules & Guidelines

Drama Categories

  1. Play: A one-act play, commercial, or original drama. Props and costumes are encouraged. Maximum time limit is 30 minutes.
  2. Mini-Drama: Produced with minimal props and costumes that can be performed in any room. Examples include skits, puppetry, or creative dramatics. Maximum time limit is 12 minutes.

Speaking Categories

  1. Memorized Selection: Prose, poetry, or any other piece that must be memorized presented by an individual. No notes allowed. Maximum time limit is 5 minutes.
  2. Literary Reading: Includes prose and poetry pieces presented as a reading by an individual. No props or costumes allowed. Maximum time limit is 5 minutes.
  3. Play Reading: Readers are to make their selection “come alive” without the use of costumes or props. Appropriate gestures and human-produced sound effects (no artificial devices) are allowed. Scripts are to be used. Maximum time limit is 12 minutes. Groups must consist of 3 or more participants.
  4. Original Speech: A speech written by and presented by an individual on any subject, preferably one pertaining to his/her 4-H project work. Notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 5 minutes.
  5. Storytelling: Original or published narrative, told as if to a younger audience, and presented without notes by an individual. No poetry is allowed. Costumes or props are encouraged, and facial expressions or gestures are allowed. Maximum time limit is 12 minutes.
    What is the difference between prose and poetry? Anything that isn’t a poem, such as a story or narrative is considered prose!

Demonstration Categories

  1. Demonstration: Teaching someone how to do something on any subject. Presentation must consist of an introduction, body, conclusion, and questions from the audience.
  2. Illustrated Talk: Show and tell the audience your knowledge about something. Visuals and charts are encouraged, including, but not limited to maps, charts, posters, graphs, pictures, slides, or models to explain what the participant is saying.
  3. Action Center: An informal presentation to someone passing by about any subject, with an emphasis on showing. Individual presenter or groups of 2-4 carry on conversations with people passing through. Handouts may be used, posters or pictures may be used, and passerby interact with the presentation. A good example of an Action Center presentation is a school science fair or a booth exhibit at an event.

Music Categories – NOT limited to groups anymore

  1. Instrumental: Performance from any genre using only musical instruments.
  2. Vocal: Performance from any genre using their voices only. Costumes are permitted, but no props are allowed.
  3. Dance: Performance choreographed from any genre. Costumes and props are permitted, but the focus should be on movement. Music set to the choreography may only be instrumental.
  4. Novelty: Performance provides musical, vocal, or movement entertainment by combining a variety of instrumental, vocal, or dance techniques. Examples of a Novelty performance include, but are not limited to lip syncing, variety shows, show choirs, or other musical performances that do not fit in the first three categories above.

Arts & Crafts Category

  1. Participants submit arts & crafts items for display and judging. Youth are not required to be present for the day, but can simply drop off their exhibits in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon after judging. See the General Rules sheet for more information about entries.

Marketing Category

  1. Participants submit items that could be used to market the 4-H program. Youth are not required to be present for the day, but can simply drop off their exhibits in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon after judging. See the General Rules sheet for more information about entries.

Photography Category

  1. Participants submit original photographs for display and judging. Youth are not required to be present for the day, but can simply drop off their exhibits in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon after judging. See the General Rules sheet for more information about entries.