CANTON  Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools brought together artworks, music, performance and STEM projects from all nine of its schools plus a few other Catholic elementary schools in Stark County for the second annual Art and Design Symposium on March 18 at the Canton Museum of Art.

Supporters of the event include The Mary Renkert Wendling Foundation, Canton Museum of Art and the Canton Cultural Center. President of the Academy Jackie Zufall said the event showcases 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," Zufall said. "We have mixed media artworks, dance, instrumental, voice and some theatre performances in the grand court this year. The STEM design science students are also showcased.  Design sciences are creative, they take a lot of planning and it’s all hands-on much like the arts."

Last year there were 600 people in attendance and Zufall was hoping for even more this year. There were a variety of interactive learning activities including Mad Science with science experiments, there was a Bricks4Kidz play area, there was face painting and Stark Soil and Water had a table setup.

"When I look around my world, everything is designed by an artist, engineer or scientist. It is important in our schools to immerse our students in hands-on learning, that’s how they learn best, and this show is all about showcasing that learning," Zufall said.