Sparks! – A Celebration of High School Students’ Creative Expression

Sparks! – formerly known as Painters and Poets – is an event that celebrates the creative self-expression of Mount Madonna School (MMS) students. The event is planned for March 15 from 6:00-8:00pm at Mount Madonna School’s upper campus.

For this event, MMS high school students are asked to contribute a creative work in any discipline, whether a poem, a dance they choreographed, a piece of music they composed, drawing, video, sculpture or a digital art piece, to share with the larger community.

“This is a night to honor the perspectives, talent and growth of our students as they explore and claim their artistic expression,” said art and T.E.A. (technology, engineering and art) teacher Angela Willetts.

Additional MMS high school faculty are supporting the event, including high school English and creative writing teacher Sangita Diaz-Houston.

“Sparks! allows students to celebrate and share their many creative accomplishments and passions,” commented Diaz-Houston. “High school students will showcase work that reflects both their engagement as artists and their commitment to the sustained effort required to create a polished and meaningful piece. Each student is encouraged to read, perform and share descriptive writings about their work at the event. Presenting their work in this format builds confidence and puts the students in direct positive relationships with their community of peers, teachers and family members.”

This event is for MMS high school students, their families and guests. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend; however, please be aware that presentations are not filtered for younger audiences.

A special invitation to MMS eighth grade students and families to join us, for a peek at artistic high school life.

“Bring your good vibes, glitter and glasses,” said Willetts, “for a closer look at the wealth of artistry in our midst.


Contact: Leigh Ann Clifton, director of marketing & communications,

Nestled among the redwoods on 380 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a diverse learning community dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believes a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The program, accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.



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