Expressive Arts Festival

lights-951000_960_720Expressive Arts Festival 2021

Expressive Arts Festival Handbook (last year’s but still applies!)

This year we still need to operate with a few restrictions, so Expressive Arts will look a little different this year, and hopefully we can move forward with a little more normalcy next year! So here is how things will go:

Here is How To Submit Your Exhibit Video (PDF).

The same exhibit guidelines and requirements will stand (see below).

For all solo exhibits, this includes demonstrations, we will be requiring youth to submit video recordings of their selection. This will include any multiple person exhibits that are in one family as well. Time limits will still be upheld. Judging of these videos will happen the week of May 17-21, 2021, with a deadline of submission being May 14, 2021.

For group exhibits – theatre performances, mini dramas – where participants may include additional households, we will be holding an event on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the Myrick Park “Stage” which is near Kids Coulee from 9am-Noon. Times may vary based on how many sign up. We will choose 2 groups to go on and participate in a regional competition with Area 13 4-H youth, at Norskadalen on Tuesday June 29, 2021 in the evening.

For group exhibits – theatre performances, mini dramas – where participants may include additional households, we will be holding an event on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the Myrick Park “Stage” which is near Kids Coulee from 9am-Noon. Times may vary based on how many sign up. We will choose 2 groups to go on and participate in a regional competition with Area 13 4-H youth, at Norskadalen on Tuesday June 29, 2021 in the evening.

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.

** Note: There will be no submissions in art and photography this year as those will largely be submitted at fair. **

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.