Whitman’s Festival Of The Arts hits 50 tonight

Walt Whitman High School, via MCPSToday will mark the 50th time Walt Whitman High School celebrates its annual Festival of the Arts, the event that showcases all types of works and performances from the school’s students.

This evening’s program will also feature a selection of local food trucks and caterers.

It’s the 50th year of the school (7100 Whittier Blvd.), which has produced an interesting group of alumni that includes movie director Spike Jonze,’87, U.S. Senators Gordon Smith, ’70, and Mark Pryor, ’81, the billionaire Rales brothers (Steven, ’69, and Mitchell, ’74), celebrity news personality Giuliana Rancic, ’92, and football star Anthony Dilweg, ’84.

Tonight’s festival will have student paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, graphic designs, ceramics and other works. The chorus, orchestra and jazz band will all perform and theater students will put on one-act plays.

The school’s arts department sponsors the event, which this year will include food from the GoFish food truck, Carmen’s Carts, BGR The Burger Joint, Armand’s Pizza, Ben & Jerry’s and the Stix food truck.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow in the school’s gym.

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