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Region 8 students showcase talent at annual arts festival


WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The 13th Annual Visual and Performing Arts Festival took place Sunday afternoon at the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative Center.

Students from all over Region 8 showcased their talents by displaying art, singing and playing an instrument.

"There's a spark in each one of us when we're born," said Special Speaker Senator Johnny Key. "The kids are demonstrating what those sparks can create."

 Key said he has a certain passion for the Arts because of the way it has impacted one of his sons.

 "The music is what drove him to be successful," said Key. "Now he is studying music composition at the University of Arkansas and hopes to make a career out of it."

 Key said he can see the same passion for art in the eyes of many of the students.

"It's something that I've always loved to do," said Black Rock Senior Jacob Duff. "I love the creativity and the randomness you can do with art."

Duff said this festival is a way for the students to show off their own unique talent.

"I think in a small community like this sports are manly emphasized, but art is something that a lot of people are good at," said Duff. "I think it's good to show all of the art work that people have done in this community."

Key said it's so important that schools keep encouraging creative minds.

"The community needs to understand that school is not just about books and memorization," said Key. "School is so much more and learning is so much more, than what you read in a text book."

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