is NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY (NASD)?
NASD is one day in the school year when
all public and private schools
are encouraged to incorporate the arts into their
classes by creating an
arts-based school event, hosting local guest artists
and conducting classes with an arts focus. Schools can present
creative curricula or special activities such as a visiting artist
workshop, a concert, a video presentation, a student art exhibit, a movie
screening or even a performance of a play or musical.
The day can be as
ambitious or as modest as teachers and administrators choose to make it.
Why was NATIONAL ARTS
IN THE SCHOOL DAY
NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY was created to give
children nationwide the opportunity to experience and be personally
inspired by all kinds of creative arts - in school. NASD raises
awareness of the importance of art in the education of our children.
Exposure to the arts plants the seeds that inspire children, create careers
and grow businesses.
How does NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY support
America's renewed focus on arts in education?
NASD raises awareness of the importance of the
arts in education and offers a model first step for bringing artists into
schools. By harnessing the power of individuals at community levels
to make a real difference in building a better America, NASD fulfills the
three pillars of President Obama's new arts platform: publicly championing
the importance of arts education; expanding public and private
partnerships between schools and arts organization; and creating an Artists
Who created NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY?
NASD was created by The
Port Chester Council for the Arts (PCCFA) of Westchester
County, New York. The Port Chester-Rye Union Free School
District in Port Chester was the first school system in the nation to
participate in NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY.
Why the Port Chester Council for the Arts?
the Port Chester Council for the Arts has been a trendsetter establishing
after school arts programs on-site at elementary schools in Port Chester,
N.Y., creating a summer arts camp, providing on-site senior arts workshops,
piloting an all-day kindergarten program, creating K-5 literacy-based
artist residencies, and producing annual theatre productions for children,
teens and adults. NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY is modeled on the
PCCFA's successful 10-year-old Literacy Through the Arts program in
which professional artists teach students in grades K-5 such varied
subjects as sign language, theatre, dance, music, painting and crafts, all
integrated within the New York State standards for literacy in each
How much does it cost?
NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY is free - There are no
participation fees or added costs.
How do schools and teachers participate?
You can download
free lesson plans and ideas for arts-based school events and other
information about NASD. Teachers and administrators are encouraged to add
their own programs to the website.
Where did the first NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY take place?
The first NASD took place in Westchester County, New York and
Port Chester was the first school system in the nation to participate in
this pilot program. Port Chester's four elementary schools, middle school
and high school all participated.
How does NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY work?
One day every year all public and private schools in America are
encouraged to incorporate the arts into their classes, Kindergarten through
12th grade. This day can be as ambitious or as modest as each school
chooses to make it. Our site includes detailed curriculum suggestions,
creative ideas and resources. In this year's participating schools,
classroom teachers at all grade levels will lead arts-based lessons in all
curriculum areas, and professional artists will engage students in
arts-related projects. In addition, guest artists are invited to
participate in the school day through presentations and seminars.
Teachers and students can work together to pick an arts focus for their