Purchase College received an Arts Advocate award from the Port Chester Arts Council for providing thousands of children in Port Chester public schools with their first visit to an art museum with docent led tours at the Neuberger Museum of Art and access to live musical and theatrical productions at The Performing Arts Center.
The award was presented at ceremonies on National Arts in the School Day on April 13, at the Crawford Park Mansion in Rye Brook, NY.
Created by the Port Chester Arts Council, the day encourages teachers across the country to incorporate art into their curriculum. This year’s theme “Teaching History Through the Arts” emphasized art in social studies.
Purchase students participated at the John F. Kennedy Magnet School where a brass quintet performed and taught children how to read and write music.
National Arts in the School Day in Port Chester also included arts-based lesson plans with visits by guest artists, and storytellers including the grandson of the chief carver of Mount Rushmore.
Purchase was represented at the award ceremony by Wiley Hausam, Director of The Performing arts Center; Ravi Rajan, Director of the School of Art+Design and Associate Dean of the School of the Arts; Eleanor Brackbill, Curator of Education for School & Family Programs; and Olivia Kalin, Education Coordinator at the Neuberger Museum of Art.
The program also provides a web site for teachers to locate sample lesson plans and ideas to bring the arts into core courses for grades K-12.