Arts & Entertainment

Annual Somers Schools Art Festival Returns This Thursday

667502f78c4320bb16a7_e9a946a37c06d2cdc15f_Pagid_at_KMA_17.JPG
Paige Wagner, Somers High School senior, is featured on this year's promotional postcard for the annual Festival of the Arts show with one of her sculptures. Credits: Angela Holder
667502f78c4320bb16a7_e9a946a37c06d2cdc15f_Pagid_at_KMA_17.JPG

SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers Central School District will hold its 16th annual Festival of the Arts show at Somers High School from 7 to 9 p.m. this Thursday.

The festival, which has been organized by the district’s art department every year since 2001, emphasizes the unified promotion of the art programs at all levels, kindergarten through 12th grade, said Angela Holder, a Somers High School art teacher and art department leader.

According to art department members, the best way to promote the program is to showcase the art students produce at all levels, Holder said.

Sign Up for E-News

 “We really feel that a little kid’s art, a little kid’s drawing or scribble, is the seed and the foundation for what we do,” Holder said. “It is equally as important as the work of someone who is going off to college and doing incredible, masterpiece-quality art. It’s the same̶—they’re equally precious.”

The district offers basic art classes in the lower grade levels and more diverse, advanced classes once students age up and can choose their electives. With courses ranging from sculpture to fashion to graphic design, Holder said visitors to the show can expect a dynamic exhibit.

In addition to the students’ work featured at the show, the department chooses one student annually to be highlighted on the show’s promotional postcard. This year, senior Paige Wagner was featured with one of her sculptures.

“The art department chooses a senior who we feel best represents the hard work ethic of the department,” Holder said, adding that Wagner has taken every sculpture-related course offered by the school.

Beyond providing the community a fun evening and the students a chance to share their work, Holder said the district’s art classes provide a host of benefits to students. Art classes nurture vital problem-solving and 21st-century learning skills, she said.

Such skills are necessary to develop within the district’s cross-disciplinary approach to education, she added. In alignment with the STEAM framework for learning, an acronym for “science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics,” Holder said the department “really tries to promote the ‘A’ in STEAM as one of the building blocks of education.”

“The students work really hard all year,” Holder said. “This is a great event for the community, the families and the students to come out and support the Somers Central School District’s art program and the wonderful work that the K through 12 students create.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Somers

'We'll Have Meals Together'

A few days ago, I watched a rerun of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” In this particular episode, brothers Raymond and Robert went head to head over who would take care of their mother, Marie, during her later years (anticipating that father, Frank, would predecease her).

It brought back the decision Jack, Roe and I were faced with years ago regarding our mom. She was in her 80s, lived ...

Weather or Not

Feb. 2 has come and gone and once again, we have foolishly entrusted a large rodent with six weeks worth of weather forecasting. This year they had a whole entourage of guys who wanted to cram into the Groundhog Day action, but there’s one head groundhog aficionado who’s in charge when they open up Punxsutawney Phil’s cage. Both man and beast are dressed to the nines, one in a ...

The Night They Raided Spruce Street

It was the day of the Finch Ball. Jason had been away on business, but was expected home in time for us to attend that evening. 

I had graduated from Finch College two years earlier and was now married and expecting my second child. We lived in a one-bedroom garden apartment in Yonkers. It was a close community where everyone was young, friendly and just starting out. Each town house was ...

Taking Baby Steps

 

OK, we’re a month into the New Year and not only have I NOT lost weight, but I’ve put back on the three pounds I lost four weeks ago! Many people would be discouraged and throw in the towel at this point, but I would encourage you to reboot your program and start again, every morning if necessary. Losing weight, saving money or getting organized are about mindset.

First, ...

Should Valentine's Day Be Celebrated at School?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I’ve been a third-grade teacher for over 20 years and have never allowed my students to celebrate Valentine’s Day in my class. I know my colleagues think I’m mean, but I’m refusing to celebrate it for many reasons.

1) Children hand out cards to each other and there’s always some child left out or who gets very few; 2) Children are always asked ...

A Trip to the 'Liberry'

Raise your hand if you didn’t—did not—call the library the “liberry” when you were little. I’m guessing not a lot of hands just went up.

Didn’t just about all of us say “liberry” when we were learning to read? (Well, whaddya expect when a place is named something way too easy for little kids to mispronounce?)

OK. Now, raise your hand if ...

I'm Mrs. Heat Miser

To be perfectly honest, I did not need a large rodent with insomnia to convince me that we had six more weeks of winter. It’s been so cold outside lately that when I go out, my nostrils stick together. The dog is so hesitant to go out that he does his business right on the deck, less than five feet from the door, and then gives me a look of contemptuous indignation when he comes back in the ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, February 24, 10:00 AM

Jefferson Valley Mall , Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Indoor Farmers Market

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Sun, February 25, 10:30 AM

Yorktown Heights

Kids Hamantash Bake

Religions And Spirituality

Mon, February 26, 7:00 PM

Westchester Collaborative Theater, Ossining

WCT Scene/Monologue Study Open For Enrollment Now

Arts & Entertainment Education Other

The Somers Record Shines a Light on 'Great' Community

February 9, 2018

To the editor,

How amazing to see my sister-in-law, Kim Maguire, on the cover of the Record!

We read our paper religiously! Last week, we saw our daughters' picture as volunteers at the Chili Cookoff! This is such a tight-knit community and having articles like the one done for Kim highlight some of the great people and servicemen and women who make this town so special. The writer who ...

Cuba Goes Country

February 16, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELEASE: “Cuba Goes County” to be held at The Palmer in Cuba, NY.

For more information or to schedule and interview, contact Theater Manager Michele Conklin at (585) 209-5512.

The Palmer Opera House is hosting “Cuba Goes Country” on Sunday March 11th- at 2:00 PM

Come join us for a boot stompin', toe tappin' afternoon of country ...

'Are You Friggin' Kidding Me?'

February 15, 2018

Faye M. DeSanto

Guest Columnist

I never watched the hit TV Show “Mad Men.” My best friend, who rarely watches TV, recommended it to me when it was gaining its first good reviews. I said, “I lived through that time period. I can see no good coming from reminding men about that sexist era.” Little did I know how right I was.

My husband drooled over the short-lived ...