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Arts Builds Confidence Student Arts Showcase to Return to Galleria at Crystal Run

Published: 02/08/2024

Middletown, NY – The Orange County Arts Council will host its 13th Annual “Arts Build Confidence” student arts showcase on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Galleria at Crystal Run from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. A preview of high school musicals will take place in center court from 10:00-3:00 pm, followed by a student-led fashion show. Admission is free.


Orange County high schools will display their students’ artwork on panels. These works include oils, watercolors, mixed media, digital art, and photography. New this year is a literary art display, as well as a student fashion show that will begin after the last musical performance. Visitors to the show will be invited to participate in a “People’s Choice” competition to select a favorite work. Those pieces receiving the top three votes will be recognized for this achievement at 4:00 pm.


Student artwork from Orange County elementary and middle schools (Grades K-8) will be on display in a media slideshow throughout the day. Two video monitors will present the works near the staircase in the center court, adjacent to the high school pieces.


“The talent pool in Orange County continues to grow stronger,” says Todd Hulet, Orange County Arts Council’s Executive Director. “We are excited to provide the opportunity for the public to come see a small sampling of the young Arts talent in our own community, which comes with the opportunity to say, ‘I saw them when.’ These are the artists of our future, and the Arts Build Confidence Showcase is an exciting step at the beginning of many incredible careers.”


“We are excited to welcome back the Orange County Arts Council and our local elementary and high schools, “said Eric Price, General Manager at Galleria at Crystal Run. “This event has always been a fun tradition at our center, and we look forward to seeing the community enjoying the musicals and artwork created by so many talented artists.”


The following high schools will present previews of their musicals (as of 2/5/24). Times and participants may be subject to change:


10:15am – 10:45am Chester Elementary “Frozen, Kids”

1:30pm – 2:00pm Cornwall High School “Something Rotten”

2:00pm – 2:30pm Newburgh Free Academy “Hairspray”


The following schools are participating in the Student Art Showcase (as of 2/5/24). Participants may be subject to change:


High Schools:

John S. Burke Catholic High School

Cornwall Central High School

Middletown High School

Minisink Valley High School

Monroe-Woodbury High School

Newburgh Free Academy

Pine Bush High School

Port Jervis High School

S.S. Seward Institute

Warwick Valley High School

Washingtonville High School

Tuxedo Park School

Tuxedo UFSD

Valley Central High School


Middle & Elementary Schools:

Crispell Middle School

Chester Elementary School

Circleville Middle School

E J Russell Elementary

John S. Burke Catholic School

Maple Hill Annex

Monroe-Woodbury School District K-8

Monhagen Middle School

Otisville Elementary School

Pakanasink Elementary School

Pine Bush Elementary School

Port Jervis Middle School

Presidential Park Elementary School

S.S.Seward Institute

Sanfordville Elementary

Twin Towers Middle School

Washingtonville Middle School

William A. Carter Elementary School


For the latest information regarding the Arts Build Confidence Student Arts Showcase, please visit,  www.ocartscouncil.org.



About Galleria at Crystal Run

The Galleria at Crystal Run is the Hudson Valley’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment center and a community resource for all the tristate area. The center is anchored by Target, Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and JC Penney, while offering more than 100 retail shops. The Galleria at Crystal Run offers 6 entertainment venues and 10 onsite eateries, such as AMC Theatres, Billy Beez, The Mystery Room, Urban Air Adventure Park, Ride & Thrill, Round 1 Bowling & Amusement, 110 Grill, Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, Peru Cuisine, and the new Food & Fire BBQ Taphouse. The Galleria at Crystal Run is your destination to EAT. SHOP. PLAY. Additional information regarding the Galleria at Crystal Run can be found by visiting, www.galleriacrystalrun.com.


About the Orange County Arts Council (OCAC):

The Orange County Arts Council is a private, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to meeting the growing need for local arts advocacy and serving as a county-wide arts resource. A diverse Board of Directors made up of community leaders, business leaders, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists oversees the Orange County Arts Council. Many of OCAC programs are designed and implemented by volunteers serving on various committees.


Orange County Arts Council supports and empowers artists, fosters diverse forms of expression and promotes access to the arts through educational programs, cultural events, public projects and participation that is integral to the economic development and collective well-being of our community. To learn more, visit: https://ocartscouncil.org/ or call 845-202-0140.


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