Across Virginia this March, student presentations in local communities will showcase how the fine arts fuse creativity and innovation into learning. The month also presents an opportunity to acknowledge the fine arts educators. Not only do they assist students in reaching high standards in the fine arts, they also serve their school communities as “fine arts educational leaders” by collaborating with classroom teachers to integrate the fine arts with other core academic disciplines.
Youth Art Month is a month of recognizing and promoting art education. It also emphasizes the value of participating in art for all children. This year’s theme is, “Building Community Through Art.” Exhibits are on display at local branches of Chesapeake Public Libraries and at the upcoming Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) Elementary Exhibit at the Old Dominion University Tri-Cities Center, Suffolk Campus, beginning March 15, 2018. Several schools are hosting their own exhibits; please contact the schools for the respective dates.
Dance in Education Month engages the artistic processes of creating, performing, and critical analysis. These processes require students to read symbol systems, use critical thinking skills, employ nonverbal reasoning and communication, exchange ideas, work cooperatively and collaboratively with others, and interact within a multicultural society. Dance is far more than exercise or entertainment; it is a powerful medium to express one’s values, thoughts, and aspirations.
The National Association for Music Education has declared March as National Music in Our Schools Month. This is a time to recognize the importance of music in our schools and the impact a quality music education program can have on students’ lives. CPS is proud that the school division has a long and rich history of offering high-quality music education programs for our students overseen by a group of talented teachers.
Theatre in Our Schools Month (TIOSM) advocates and celebrates the benefits of theatre education for youth development. The purpose of TIOSM is to raise awareness of theatre education’s power not only to raise SAT scores, reading comprehension, and academic achievement, but also to stimulate innovation and creativity among students. It is also a reminder that all students should have access to quality theatre education. Here is a list of upcoming productions at our local high schools:
- “Elephant’s Graveyard” at Deep Creek High School, May 10-11, 2018 @7p.m.
- “Beauty and the Beast” at Grassfield High School, April 26-28, 2018 @7p.m.
- “Antigone” at Great Bridge High School, April 12-14, 2018 @7p.m.
- “Little Shop of Horrors” at Hickory High School, May 4-5, 11-12, 2018 @7p.m.
- “A Chorus Line” at Indian River High School, April 26-28, 2018 @7:15p.m.
- “Farewell to Galatea” and “The Keys” at Oscar Smith High School, May 3-5, 2018 @7p.m.
- “A Night of One Acts” at Western Branch High School, March 28, 2018 @7p.m.
Gay Sutton, and Sonya Reynolds.