"The arts must be considered an essential element of education... They are tools for living life reflectively, joyfully and with the ability to shape the future."
—Shirley Trusty Corey (President/CEO of the Arts Council of New Orleans)
Can schools achieve the vision stated in the quote above, in today's technologically driven age? Harlem Village Academy is striving to do just this... and succeeding.
Harlem Village Academy middle and high school students have worked with their art teachers to create a stunning collection of art work encompassing many styles—from realistic to abstract using techniques such as portraiture, typography and folded paper. The pieces are bold, dynamic and clearly showcase the students' talent.
From the school's website, you find the following description:
"Our longer school day allows plenty of time for arts and enrichment. Depending on their grade level, students have the chance to experience classical music, martial arts, dance, violin, capoeira, yoga, jazz, cooking, chess, drama, studio art, fencing, basketball, public speaking debate, community service, choir and more."
The philosophy embraced by the Harlem Village Academy embodies the quote from Shirley Trusty Corey that opened this blog and it is certainly demonstrated by the creative bodies of work produced by their students.
You too can embrace the world of art through the many items available through the New York Public Library collections. A sampling of works that could open up the world of art for your and your child follow:
Come explore the world of art. Visit our website and www.nypl.org. And be sure to browse our online catalog.
To find out about other programs and activities at the George Bruce Branch, go to: