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MAY 20, 2016

 

What 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 created?
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 Corps.

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?
Since 1981, 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 grade.  

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 class.

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