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Local students get glimpse of life in China

Jaisyn Petersen glues a pink paper puff his cherry blossom tree at the 11th annual Wabash FAME Festival on Saturday, April 22. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

China returned to Wabash on Saturday, April 22, for the 11th annual Wabash FAME (Foundation of Art and Music in Education) Festival.

Thirty years ago, the FAME Festival was founded in Fort Wayne on the idea of giving students “a chance to perform their music, to display their artwork in a noncompetitive atmosphere away from school,” according to Judy Ward, local festival planning committee head.

In 2006, Ward assisted with bringing the festival to Wabash County.

This year, the local festival focused on China. The event first spotlighted the Chinese culture in 2015 and introduced local youth to its customs, writing and arts. At Saturday’s event, youth continued their exploration of the country’s heritage and had the opportunity to try more of its traditional artworks firsthand.

Posted on 2017 Apr 25