The second annual Livingston Campus Community Art Fair and Senior Capstones will feature more than 60 Reynoldsburg High School seniors presenting and defending capstone projects, along with student art, music and much more.

Teacher Kellie Gedert said the event is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the RHS Livingston Avenue campus, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.

It is free to the public and appropriate for all ages, Gedert said.

The fair also will include artwork from a new department at (HS)2 Academy, she said.

"This is the first year we had the new (HS)2 art department participate in the art fair," Gedert said. "It is my goal to intertwine STEM-based health and science with the art experience."

(HS)2 Academy did not have an art department last year, but offered online courses for students or sent art students to the art department at BELL Academy, which is housed in the same building, Gedert said.

History teacher Joe Sorenson said the event is a chance to showcase work by seniors from both academies.

"From a mock crime scene designed by BELL Academy seniors to lively discussion and presentations, this is more than an art show -- it is a community event," he said.

In addition to artwork, he said, visitors will be able to enjoy food truck fare and music by student musicians.

Gedert said seniors are required to work on capstone research projects and would "present and defend" information and positions on such subjects as salary caps in professional sports, abortion, human trafficking and immigration.

The food trucks include Alice's Aebelskabels, which features Danish pancakes called aebelskivers, along with Mojo TaGo and Friedays, which offers gourmet French fries.

"Some of the proceeds from the food trucks will go to help build our (HS)2 maker space," Gedert said.

She said students have used the Fab Lab at the Summit Road campus or the Reynoldsburg Mobile Fab Lab, but have not had a dedicated maker space at the Livingston Avenue campus.

"We are working on the mentality, 'if you build it they will come' and trying to foster the maker-space mentality in several different classes," she said. "We hope to have the space built by next year or the following year."

The art fair also will feature open-mic performances by students.

"Students are expected to do everything from solo performances, guitar, rap and the spoken word," Gedert said. "We are leaving it pretty open."

She said students have been working on five murals throughout the building, including one in the girls bathroom.

"The murals include positive messages and inspiration to help foster a positive school culture," she said. "They could be focused on a single word, or have the school logo or some other message."

pwillis@thisweeknews.com

@PamelaThisWeek