Mesa Community College’s 2nd Annual Festival of the Arts Features Student Talent

The Mesa Community College (MCC) Festival of the Arts will take place Thursday, April 4 from 10 am to 3 pm on the Theatre Outback lawn (1833 W Southern Ave., Mesa).

The festival will feature student musicians, poets, dancers, storytellers, theater performers, and fine artists.

“Last year we had some great talent,” said organizer Gingher Leyendecker, “There was a huge variety of performances and fine art. Many students sold their works, and were able to network with visitors, faculty, and other artists.”

The spring 2012 event included live demonstrations from painters and ceramicists. A beginning drawing class was held outside as part of the event so spectators could learn drawing techniques. This year, organizers are planning for even more live demonstrations.

“It really adds to your understanding and appreciation of an artwork to be able to see how it’s made,” said English professor Kathryn Sheffield.

Students from the MCC live sound production class provided audio reinforcement for two stages last year and will be a major presence at the event again this year.

Keith Heffner, Audio Production Program Director stated, "It's always great to see students participate in an event like this. Students can see and hear the depth of talent of their peers that they may not have had the chance to do otherwise."

The event will also feature a wide variety of food items, including Indian tacos. The sale of these will benefit the MCC Intertribal Student Organization.

For more information or to find out how you can participate contact Gingher Leyendecker at (480) 461-7623 or at

About Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. MCC excels in teaching, learning and empowering more than 40,000 students who attend annually to succeed in a local and global community.  Mesa Community College is one of ten colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District.

Please direct media inquiries to Angela Askey at or Sally Mesarosh at  or the Office of Institutional Advancement at 480-461-7445.  IA website:





Source Details

Publication Date: 
Monday, April 1, 2013