National Arts in Education Week
National Arts in Education Week Observed in Schools
Posted on 09/12/2016
Lexi Beard, senior at PHS in video animation class

To achieve “Destination Graduation for every child”, schools must provide opportunities for growth in academics, athletics, and the arts.  Schools must seek to allow all students to explore the varied talents and interests found in the diverse interests of children.  This week is National Arts in Education Week and Floyd County Schools highlights the many options available in our schools for developing talents in the arts.

Floyd County Schools has programs in visual arts, music, band, theatre and dance.  The system has just completed initial auditions for the system-wide musical “Crazy for You.”  This will be the second system-wide musical in April and it follows the ultra-successful first effort “Phantom of the Opera” last spring.  In November, a talent show for all students in the system will be held.  The performance will be called “Showstoppers: Destination Center Stage” and showcase student talent in music, dance, theatre and visual arts.

The week beginning the second Sunday in September was designated as National Arts in Education Week by Congress in 2010.  During the week, the field of arts education joins in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education.  “We want to showcase the talents of our students this week and let them tell in their own words how their educational experience has been impacted by the arts,” stated Sherry Childs, coordinator of Fine Arts in Floyd County Schools.

“Fine arts and theatre have and will be my life thanks to the amazing opportunities I have had and experienced!” stated Christopher Morgan, a junior at Coosa High School.  Christopher played the Phantom in the spring production of "The Phantom of the Opera."

"When I do art, it centers me and makes me feel like I've found my purpose for the rest of my life," said Lexi Beard, a senior at Pepperell High School.

“Since I was young, I sang with my mom,” said Devion Hackett, a junior at Pepperell High School. “When my mom died, I pushed music away until I rediscovered it in sixth-grade and now it allows me to feel as though I can stay close to her.”

“Band gives me something to look forward to every day,” stated Cheyenne Craig, a sophomore at Armuchee High.  

System-wide events on the fine arts calendar include:

  • Showstoppers Talent Show – November 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 13th at 2:30 p.m. at Model High School. 
  • “Les Miserables” – Student ensemble performing with full orchestra at Rome City Auditorium in February
  •  “Crazy for You” system-wide musical – April 7 and 8th at 7:30 p.m. and April 9th at 2:30 p.m. at Model High School
  • Spring Art Show at Mt. Berry Square Mall
Photo above: Lexi Beard, a senior at Pepperell High School, in the Animation and Digital Media class at Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy.

Photo Below: Cheyenne Craig, a sophomore in the  Armuchee High School band.

Cheyenne Craig, a sophomore band student at Armuchee High