March is Youth Art Month and Music in our Schools Month! We are so proud of our district arts program, which combines fine arts and the performing arts. At the elementary level, students engage in art and music curriculum during their resource learning time. At the secondary level, students have the opportunity to enroll in a variety of courses in both the fine and performing arts. In addition to classroom learning in the arts, our schools provide many different avenues for students to engage in art, dance, music, and theatre through extracurricular activities.
March was first declared Youth Art Month in 1961 by the Art and Creative Materials Institute. The goal was to recognize art education as a critical component in the total education curriculum that develops citizens of a global society. Art stimulates critical thinking and helps with the development of motor, language, and social skills.
This year’s theme is, “Art Connects Us”. Art is a powerful tool that unites cultures around the world and allows students to express their individuality visually. Several of our schools have showcased student artwork in celebration of Youth Art Month.
March is also Music in Our Schools Month. This celebration of scholastic music programs began in 1973 as a statewide advocacy day in New York and has grown over the years to a month-long, nationwide celebration. Music education develops creative and critical thinking skills while promoting collaboration among students and faculty. Our music programs also provide a vital avenue for students to engage with their school and local community through regular performances.
Public performances may not have been an option for our schools this year, but that hasn’t stopped them from showcasing their talents. Here are just a few examples of this year’s musical performances.