Arts & Literature

Russell Elementary Holds Second Annual ‘Canstruction’ Contest

Russell Elementary’s Second annual “Canstruction” was a huge success!  Canstruction is a school-wide canned food drive challenge. Teams designed and built objects using the cans they collected.  Each class was expected to use the engineering design process to construct their design.

Russell had 14 teams who participated in the 2014 challenge. The winner in the primary grades was Ms. Lauderdale’s team who made a castle.  The intermediate level winners were Ms. Steiner and Ms. Winsett’s team who made a penguin iceberg sculpture.  The construction competition allowed students the opportunity to build, create, and donate.  Russell Elementary donated 990 cans to the Atlanta Food Bank, and the winning teams took the donation to Turner Field.

Harrison High School’s Winter Extravaganza

Harrison High School’s fine arts department put on a Winter Extravaganza Concert and Art Show at the J. Alton Keith Theatre at McEachern High School on December 2, 2014.  It was a collaboration between the band, orchestra, chorus, theatre, and visual arts students and teachers.  It was a wonderful evening all around and, hopefully, the beginning of an annual event.

Cobb Students Win WaterSmart Art Competition



Eight student artists from Cobb County were recognized as winners in the WaterSmart Art Competition. This competition, sponsored by the Cobb and Paulding Water Authority, encourages middle school students in Cobb and Paulding counties to research why water is important and how they can be responsible citizens who support water conservation. These eight students have their artwork published in this year’s calendar and will be water ambassadors helping to educate their families, friends and peers. This year’s contest had the most participation ever from middle schools with hundreds of entries from our Cobb visual arts programs.







Mabry MS Art Teacher Receives Georgia Art Education Award



















Kacie Kamins Mummert, art teacher at Mabry Middle School in Cobb County, received the Georgia Art Education Association’s Middle Level Art Educator of the Year Award for 2015. She received her award at this year’s Fall conference in Macon. Kacie is a dynamic teacher who has worked to build an exceptional art program at her school. She also has helped to organize major art events in the county and has established collaborative partnerships with the High and Zuckerman Museums.

Austell Elementary Student Wins District Bus Safety Poster Contest

Janett Enriquez















Janett Enriquez, a fifth grader at Austell Elementary, won first place in the Bus Safety Poster Contest for Cobb County School District  in grades 3-5.

Cobb Schools Win Big at Marietta Chalkfest

Three of our Cobb schools took first place awards in the school competition sponsored by the Cobb Marietta Museum of Art. Congrats to Kennesaw Mtn. HS, Tapp MS and Hollydale ES! Each of these winning schools will receive a visit from a profesional artist to their schools. Students will also receive certificates. The winners are featured in order in the photos below.





Cobb Musicians March Into Annual Band Exhibition

Young musicians from across Cobb County will put their collective talents on display at the annual Cobb-Marietta Marching Band Exhibition on the evenings of October 6 and October 13. Featuring performances from each high school in the Cobb County School District, as well as Marietta City Schools, the exhibition takes place at McEachern High School’s Walter Cantrell Stadium in Powder Springs and begins at 7 p.m. each night.  There will be a special guest performance by the Auburn University Marching Band on October 6, and by the Georgia State University Marching Band on October 13.

Beginning in 1972, the Cobb-Marietta Marching Band Exhibition has become a local tradition, allowing band students and the community to see and hear performances from across the area.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Marietta HS

Campbell HS

Pebblebrook HS

Sprayberry HS

Pope HS

Kell HS

Hillgrove HS

Kennesaw Mountain HS

Lassiter HS

Auburn University

Monday, October 13, 2014

South Cobb HS

Osborne HS

Allatoona HS

Wheeler HS

McEachern HS

North Cobb HS

Walton HS

Harrison HS

Georgia State University

If you have questions, please contact Jean Barry, or Chris Ferrell at (770) 426-3404

Hillgrove High Wind Symphony Earns National Recognition
2014 Hillgrove KSU Concert

The Hillgrove Concert Band at a recent concert at Kennesaw State University

The Hillgrove Wind Symphony was recently recognized by the Foundation for Music Education’s “Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors” as a National Winner in their annual recording competition.

Hillgrove submitted a recording of their Performance Evaluation Concert, featuring Symphony for Band by Vincent Persichetti. The band was adjudicated by Richard Floyd, Steve Davis and Anthony Maiello and it was determined that the ensemble was in the top 25% of recordings submitted. There were 224 submissions from 35 states this year.

Additionally, Hillgrove was the only 5A High School ensemble recognized outside the state of Texas.

The ensemble’s recording will be featured on a compilation CD of the National Winners that will be distributed nationally, as well as electronic distribution by Mark Records.

“Hillgrove would like to thank all the students, staff and community members for all their support in our musical endeavors,” Hillgrove Director of Bands Patrick Erwin said.  “Special thanks go to Christopher M. Ferrell, Supervisor of Instrumental Music, for his undying support of all our music programs.  Mr. Ferrell was the head band director at Hillgrove for 7 years, and is to be credited a great deal for our success.”

The award letter and winners list can be found here:

Walton High School’s Band to Perform in Parade

Walton Parade

Mark your calendar. A Cobb County public school band will appear in a nationally televised parade.

The Walton High School Marching Raider Band will be officially invited to perform in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade on August 16th. The band will debut their program and perform for Tournament of Roses Association President Richard L Chinen and his wife Kimberly. The Band will march on New Year’s Day in front of a live audience of 1 million spectators and will be broadcast to approximately 400 million viewers in over 100 countries around the world.

The award-winning Walton marching band was chosen from a pool of more than 100 parade applicants nationwide. It will be one of 20 bands performing in the annual New Year’s Day event.

The band has performed in several parades including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Click here to read the full press release.

Art of the Art Teacher Show

The Art of the Art Teacher show, featuring mixed media works from Cobb County Visual Arts Teachers, will be on display in the gallery of the Big Shanty Art Station from August 6-29. This showcase is a celebration of both the teacher and the artist. The public is welcome.


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