Student-Led Harlem Renaissance Festival Comes to Life at Woodford Paideia

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Students at Woodford Paideia Academy had been preparing for this event all semester. Just a week before the last day of school, their hard work paid off at Woodford Paideia’s Harlem Renaissance Festival.

With the school’s Vision 2020 focus on Arts & Culture, all students receive artistic instruction in art, dance and music. An important component of Woodford Paideia’s Arts & Culture curriculum is the partnership with the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, through which visiting artists provide instruction and enrichment opportunities for students.

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Dressed in their best attire from the 1920’s to 1940’s, students performed for family, friends and faculty. Music teacher Angela Carota led the new Woodford Choir in a few songs, while other students danced and acted out original scripts.

“Collectively, this event showcased what the students have learned,” shared Felicia Anderson, resource coordinator at Woodford.

Airman Edwards and the son of John Leahr present the print.

The school was also presented with a memorial print from the Cincinnati Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, in partnership with the Kennedy Heights Community Council. Airman Edwards and the son of Airman John Leahr presented the print to Shaylin King, a fourth-grade student and student council president.

Following the event, everyone was invited to enjoy a reception with samples of popular foods from the Harlem Renaissance. The menu included peach cobbler, gumbo, green beans and macaroni and cheese catered by Divine Appetite Cafe. Plus, pound cake and sweet potato pie donated by Imani Family Center.

Learn more about Woodford Paideia and the interesting ways they incorporate their Vision 2020 focus on Arts & Culture at woodford.cps-k12.org.

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