Farmington High teacher: Arts a ‘powerful tool’ for connection

Nina Weis - Art Educator of the Year
Nina Weis (City of Farmington Hills)

High school artists and a veteran arts educator will be honored during the Festival of the Arts Reception and Awards Ceremony held Friday, April 13 at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills.

The reception starts at 6 p.m., with the ceremony following at 7 p.m.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

Nina Weis, veteran Farmington High School arts teacher, will receive her second consecutive Arts Educator of the Year Award. Students who participated in the competition submitted the award nominations.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by my students for doing something that I love to do,” Weiss said. “I love sharing my passion for the arts and helping students develop and strengthen their aesthetic awareness. I went into teaching art as a career because I have always loved the arts and strongly believe that they are not just a venue for self-expression, but can also be a powerful tool that allows for connecting with others.”

The High School Student Art Competition winners, chosen by the Farmington Area Arts Commission, will receive their awards from Ted Hadfield, accomplished artist and graduate of the Cranbrook Institute of Arts. He owns Artpack Services, Inc. of Farmington Hills.

Winners are:

Best in Show

Sojourner Posch, Mercy High School

Honorable Mention

  • Maria Cheriyan, Detroit Country Day School
  • Mayssa Fakih, Mercy High School
  • Olivia Gibaratz, Mercy High School
  • Kerry Greene, Farmington High School
  • Clarisa Russenberger, Mercy High School
  • Jack Yardly, Harrison High School

Purchase tickets to the reception and awards ceremony on line at or in person at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd.

To learn more, visit or call 248-473-1848.


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