Talent on Display: Merion Mercy's 2024 Arts Festival

On May 13, 2024, Merion Mercy Academy held its annual Arts Festival at which we celebrate the accomplishments of our many fine arts and performing arts students. In addition to a gallery of art work lining the halls of the school, and a senior performing arts showcase, we also inducted members into the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society.  

In welcoming guests to the member installation for the honor societies, seniors Casey Fosbenner and Jenny McMonagle described the arts program as “our happy place, where we have felt accepted and encouraged by faculty and friends, where we have been both challenged and nurtured.” 

The Tri-Music Honors Society exists to promote excellence in Merion Mercy’s performing arts programs, of which there are more than a dozen. From handbells and a ukulele ensemble to gospel and liturgical choirs, these students have “added to the beauty and reputation of the school and fostered goodwill within the larger community,” said Performing Arts Department Chair Dr. Cara Latham.

For Tri-M, 34 students were awarded pins.

The Art Honor Society calls on its members to be part of a vital service group with one important goal: to serve both the local and global communities through visual-art based service projects. Art Department Chair Maria Boyd noted that “students work shoulder to shoulder, freshmen to seniors.” She added, “This year we boast a large group of freshmen who bring energy and new ideas.” 

Thirty-six students received pins for the Art Honor Society.  

The ceremony closed with a reflection by Erin Lewis ‘24 who remarked, “This program has changed my vision of the world and my future. Over the past few years, I’ve learned critical artistic analysis skills, gained experience with many different mediums, and formed strong friendships with my eight-person art class.”

Noting that arts programs for teens are seldom well funded, Erin lauded Merion Mercy’s classes, teachers, and resources as “a shining beacon.” She said, “Merion produces artists who can think critically, communicate clearly, and who aren’t afraid to showcase their ideas.”

Photos from the Arts Festival can be found here.

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