Festival of Ideas - Sponsored by Brighton Central PTSA
This annual event, first held in 1990, is an educational "fun day" for Brighton students in grades 3 through 8. Each year, over 700 students participate in roughly 60 workshops led by members of the community. Most presenters are adults, but about 10% of our workshops are led by students or clubs from Brighton High School.
This was Festival's 30th year, and over 700 students participated! The mind-boggling array of workshops included returning favorites such as Cake Decorating, SCUBA Diving, Henna Tattoos, Snakes & Reptiles, Sweet Shoppe, and Science Extravaganza. For 2019, the lineup included exciting new entries such as Paper Airplanes, Curling, Marbled Paper, and Video Game Coding! Want the whole story? Click here to download the Idea Catalog in PDF form!
Festival of Ideas was last held on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The 2020 edition is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020.
Brighton High School
Three sessions of 50-minute workshops. While most workshop presenters lead three sessions, some choose to lead only one or two. Workshops can be limited in size or restricted to a specific age group if the presenter wishes. In addition, the Festival committee and the school district collaborate to provide volunteer helpers, supplies and audiovisual equipment as required.
The Festival of Ideas is sponsored by Brighton Central Parent-Teacher-Student Association, but is not a PTSA fund-raiser. Most presenters are volunteers, and the registration fee ($5 per student) is used to pay event costs.
The Festival of Ideas committee is composed of Brighton parents and community members. The committee is chaired by Martha Sciremammano. Working on Festival is good clean fun! If you'd like to join the committee, please call Martha at 271-8621, or send her e-mail at email@example.com.
About six weeks before Festival, registration materials are distributed. Kids read the Idea Catalog and pre-register for the six workshops that most appeal to them using a registration form included in the packet.
The Festival committee assigns each student to three workshops, based on space availability and other constraints. The kids receive their assignments -- a very exciting moment! -- on the day of the Festival.
Parents and friends, adults and teens are invited to join the fun. Festival simply couldn't happen without the help of many many volunteers, and we recruit volunteers at the same time that we register students for the event. Look for our Volunteer Signup Form, included with the event registration materials.
Each year, a student artist provides a cool new design for our official Festival of Ideas T-shirt. Download our T-Shirt Design Contest Form for all the details.
To order a Festival T-shirt, return your T-Shirt Order Form with your Festival registration materials.
Want to get a little feel for Festival? Visit the 2019 Photo Album!
This year's photos -- over 450 of them in all! -- came to us courtesy of Dan Goldman and Eric Gruner.
Festival in the News
BCSD videographer Eric Gruner provided a great feel for the event with this video detailing 2016's Festival of Ideas:
Questions about Festival?