NEW BRITAIN - Art exhibits and performances were the highlights of Tuesday afternoon at the Opportunities Industrialization Center.
But those activities meant much more to one pair of siblings, as one of them interpreted a song their father used to sing to them before his recent death.
The event was OIC’s Moving Mountains Sullivan Academy Galleria Day.
Student poets, musicians, painters, sculptors and designers all showed or performed their work as they celebrated the final production of the Options and Choice Program. Students in the culinary arts section of the program catered the event, serving cheeses, crackers and meatballs ,among other appetizers.
Nylajshia Liebler, one of the students in the program, spoke about Youth Art Month - March - and how it is used to promote art and art education across the country.
Another student recited a poem that also highlighted arts in a positive way.
The first song interpretation was “Rise Up,” by Jasiry Valentine of New Britain High School.
The second song, “When a Woman Loves,” was sung by Jayquan Watson, an 11-year-old student at Slade Middle School. There was sadness in the room as Jayquan was singing. His sister, Gloria, a New Britain High School student, could not hold back the tears as she heard her brother sing the song their father used to sing to them.
Other students played the keyboard, rapped and danced.
Art exhibits included paintings, sculptures and design work by students and an art instructor.
Students, parents and OIC’s youth coordinators took part in the event, which was the second of its kind. OIC hosted a similar event two years ago, youth coordinator Patrice Hill said.
To learn more about OIC, visit www.newbritainoic.org or call 860-224-7151.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.