Teachers take turn in spotlight


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Joe Macbenn, elementary and middle school orchestra teacher, performs at last year’s Evening With the Arts.

Joe Macbenn, elementary and middle school orchestra teacher, performs at last year’s Evening With the Arts.


Courtesy of Lima schools

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Evening With the Arts

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday. Doors 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima

ADMISSION: Free

LIMA — Teachers are not just those who can’t do, and the Evening With the Arts is a chance for teachers at Lima schools to show off their craft.

The show, which has been going on for well over 20 years, typically features about 20 staff members from the school district in their visual and performing arts.

Doors will open early for interaction with the teachers/artists, followed by a recital format — which can include vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers and drama performers.

Kristin Lee, fine arts instructional team leader at Lima schools, said this is a way for the staff to show they not only can “talk the talk, but walk the walk.”

“It’s often assumed that those in education are the ones who are not talented in the arts or other areas in which they may be teaching in,” Lee said. “With Lima City Schools, it’s very important when we hire arts staff that we employ artists and performers who teach. They understand their craft and can keep it current, and this is an exhibit of that.”

Lee will be taking part again this year herself.

“As someone in education, it’s really hard to put yourself and your own artwork first because the kids always come first,” Lee explained. “It’s a nice annual event that we can keep ourselves on our toes so we don’t let our art form go by the wayside personally.”

Joe Macbenn, elementary and middle school orchestra teacher, performs at last year’s Evening With the Arts.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/02/web1_EveningArts2.jpgJoe Macbenn, elementary and middle school orchestra teacher, performs at last year’s Evening With the Arts. Courtesy of Lima schools

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Evening With the Arts

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday. Doors 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima

ADMISSION: Free

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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