CANTON  Holy Cross Academy Catholic schools brought together artworks, music, performance and STEM projects from all 10 of its schools for a first of its kind showcase at the Canton Museum of Art. The event also included projects completed by high school students from Central Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Art & Design Symposium, held on March 19, was the result of a $5,000 grant Holy Cross Academy received from the Mary Renkert Wendling Foundation. Holy Cross President Jackie Zufall said this was the first event where Catholic communities from all of the Catholic schools, plus the Catholic high schools in Stark County, came together to showcase the talents of the students involved with arts and science.

"This event is the result of us wanting to bring all of our school communities together in one event to represent a culmination of focusing on our arts and sciences programs over the past two years," Zufall said.

There were a variety of interactive learning activities the more than 600 attendees could enjoy. Mad Science provided science experiments, there was a Bricks4Kidz play area, the Poiema dance troop performed, face painting by Marjorie Funk and Stark Soil and Water had a table setup.

Students from the Academy schools gave live theatre and musical performances including many solos. The St. Joan of Arc Robotics Club, St. Mary STEM, and St. Paul First Lego League also provided demonstrations.

"It was a great afternoon where students and the families from all of the schools were able to interact and we got to showcase the talents of our students. Art has come a long way since the days of crayons and paper. We’ve had a great response today and appreciate everyone’s support," Zufall said.