First Academy of Arts Festival to be presented this weekend

The Randall Area Fine Arts Council will present the first annual Academy for the Arts Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Webster City High School’s Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1001 Lynx Ave, Webster City.

The festival begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and concludes at 7 p.m. on Sunday,. Admission is free, with donations accepted.

Featured guest artists are composer and pianists Reginald Robinson and Brian Keenan, and Iowa State University Theatre professor Jane Cox. This festival is the successor to 25 years of the Ragtime in Randall festival, and will feature a variety of classical, jazz, and ragtime music, master classes with young artists, and well as a performance at 3 p.m. on Saturday of Jane Cox’s one-woman show on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Organizers listed the following schedule in the brochure for the event:

Friday – Doors open at Prem Sahai Auditorium, 4 p.m.; Grand opening and kickoff celebration at 5 p.m., followed by dancing with live music by the guest artists; a jam session is also planned with guests invited to join in.

Saturday – Guest artist performances, 11 a.m.; Guest artist master classes with young artists, 1 p.m.; One-woman show with Jane Cox, 3 p.m.; Festival concert featuring Robinson, Keenan and young artists, 7 p.m.

Sunday – Community church service, 10 a.m.; Guest artist performance, 1 p.m.; Grand finale concert, 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit, email, or call (515) 733-5039.