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2008 LAUNCH

NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY
April 16, 2008 --  Port Chester, New York

The 2008 pilot program kicked-off at the Port Chester Middle School in Port Chester, New York.                All Port Chester public schools participated in the first NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY.  Photographers and videographers  documented the activities at all six schools.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: WEDNESDAY APRIL 16, 2008
(Click on Schools at left for details about artists and arts curricula listed below)

The 2008 year one program launched with a media event at the Port Chester Middle School including Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano, local government representatives, school officials and area artists. Special guests, award-winning actress Jane Alexander (BIO), former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Academy Award-winning movie director Chris Wedge (BIO), creator of the animated films Ice Age and Robots, spoke about their support of NASD. Joining them for the day were 25 area artists. After the kick-off, the artists led special programs for students from grades K-12, and teachers incorporated the arts into academic courses.

9:00 am - NASD Launch ceremony
Port Chester Middle School, 113 Bowman Avenue: Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Donald Carlisle together with six Port Chester School Principals, state and local officials, members of the Port Chester Council for the Arts and Tony and Emmy award-winning actress, former Director of The National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Alexander, and Academy Award-winning movie director Chris Wedge, creator of the modern classic animated films Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and Robots  - all supporters of NASD. 

9:30 am
Academy Award-winning film director Chris Wedge, executive producer of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who, will led a creative presentation on the art of film animation.

10:00 am - Port Chester Special Arts Initiatives Begin
Elementary Schools:

  • JFK Magnet School: KinderMusic, Clayart, "Flashbacks",
    Japanese Culture
  • Park Avenue School: Kindergarten ClayArt, Latin Dance,
    Special Assembly, "Flashbacks"
  • Thomas A. Edison School: Kindergarten Visual Arts,
    Native American Arts
  • King Street School: Kindergarten KinderMusic, Latin Dance,
    Visual Arts

Port Chester Middle School: Arts Across the Curriculum Week

  • Kids and teachers come dressed as a character in a famous painting
  • Grade 6: Exploring Native American Culture:
    Create Native American Sand Art
  • Grade 7: Exploring China and its Culture:
    Create personal Zodiac Drawings of the Chinese New Year
  • Grade 8: Exploring Mexico and its culture:
    Create Masks worn on the Day of the Dead

Port Chester High School:

  • Paintings of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • Music Composition Junior & Senior Workshops
  • Screenwriting Workshop:
    Reel Writing presented by Jacob Burns Film Center

6:00 pm - Crawford Mansion at Crawford Park
Wednesday evening "Thank You" event for supporters of this first NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY, including plans for the 2009 NASD.