Blog by Ms. Paula Duddy, Fine Arts Dept Chair
“The Arts are vital to the success of the 21st century student. Arts programs encourage students to think creatively and adopt fresh approaches. Classes such as music, visual art, theatre and dance challenge our perceptions and help develop ways of thinking that are visual rather than verbal. They foster creative thinking and help bridge language and other barriers among diverse cultures in a 21st century global society.”(Steve Paine)
The Fine Arts Department announces our 2011 Fine Arts Week theme “The Arts at Xaverian” and proclaims the arts to be alive and well as we showcase the visual arts, instrumental and vocal music, along with two fabulous nights of theatre. Our week of celebration November 14 – 19 will include a variety of festivities featuring students in grades nine through twelve who are immersed in the fine and performance arts.
The week will begin with a captivating student art exhibit display located in the main foyer. During the week we will have a trivia contest and other student centered activities that will include a performance by our acapella group The X-MEN. A grand finale to the week will be presented on Friday and Saturday nights with our fall drama production of The Boys Next Door directed by Mr. David Connolly and produced by Mr. Matt Cavanaugh. Students in the Jazz Combo under the direction of Mr. Dana Belmonte will perform for guests both nights in the theater foyer before the show. National Art Honor Society students will work with Ms. Duddy to transform the café into an art gallery and all theater guests will be invited to attend a reception held during intermission to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.
Enjoy the week we have planned for you.