The Kelly Tyrrell Gill Night of the Arts, hosted by Milford High School (MHS) Visual and Performing Arts Department, was held on Wednesday, May 23. While visual arts students displayed their work throughout the hallways of the school, Milford’s talented performing art students including the MHS jazz and concert bands and chamber and concert choirs honored the late Kelly Tyrrell Gill.
“It’s a celebration for students to show off all their hard work and talents. We want the school and community to know what type of talent we have here,” said Karine Richards, Art and Visual Design Teacher. “
Kelly Tyrrell Gill was an art teacher at the Milford High School who passed away in 2009 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. At the young age of 38, she was not only a talented artist and teacher but also served the community as she coached high school girls in the sports of field hockey and softball. As an instrumental part of developing the Night of the Arts at the Milford High School, Kelly is now honored by her colleagues and friends with the bi-annual event.
The importance of the Night of the Arts continues Tyrell’s legacy by demonstrating to students that expression and presentation of their work is very much a part of visual and performing arts. Art students displayed two- and three-dimensional art across the school.
“Tonight is a chance for the students to look back at the work they did and have a bit of pride about what they have done ,” said Julie Skerrett, Visual Arts Teacher. “I hope that they learn that people appreciate the hard work they put in and that the arts are valued.”
Honoring the memory of Kelly Tyrell Gill, the Night of the Arts also stresses the importance of art in the education of young minds. Organizers hope that the talent of the students will demonstrate how critical visual and performing are as a part of the public education system.
“The arts are a very vital part of education and it’s very important that we keep supporting them,” said Richards. “We need to make sure that funding is always available.”