Students, faculty and staff celebrated the festival of lights through music, art, song and sweet treats.
On Monday, November 13, the K–12 community shared in the spirit of Diwali as students, faculty and staff celebrated the festival of lights through music, art, song and sweet treats. An altar in the main hall of the Flood Mansion featured colorful flowers, lights, vibrant sand art and 3D-printed figures of lotus flowers and Goddess Lakshmi. The sculptures were created by students in the Spark Studio led by faculty member Jake Pearson with the goal of capturing “the grace and beauty of the holiday.” The Goddess Lakshmi 3D-printed sculpture, which sat at the center of the altar, shimmered with gold paint to symbolize “the prosperity and wealth that Lakshmi bestows.” Dozens of vibrant lotus flower 3D prints surrounded the sculpture, “enhancing the celebration’s spirit of light and color.”
The beauty of the celebration continued with a captivating performance led by faculty members Sharanya Naik, Bonnie Fraenza and Paul Pryor Lorentz. The performance featured Indian music sung by Ms. Naik combined with the tonal sounds of a shruti box, the melodies from Ms. Fraenza's flute and the rhythmic beat provided by Mr. Lorentz's bass guitar. Altogether, the afternoon brought the community together to learn and share in the joyous traditions of the holiday.