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A Celebration of the Arts

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The students of Glenholme’s arts program presented “A Celebration of the Arts” to the school community on August 2nd 2012. To the delight of the performers and the audience alike, the program incorporated three distinct performing mediums. Part one of the program featured a genre of theater known as Readers’ Theatre, which was followed by the Dance Ensemble (part two) and a showcase of the Summer Cabaret.

Students become enthusiastic about reading when given the opportunity to take part in Reader’s Theater. In this style of theater, there are no sets, no costumes, no props, and no memorizing of lines! The actors read the words from the paper using their voices to depict the characters in the text in an effort to create pictures in the minds of their audience as they listen. The portrayed works were varied from challenging Shakespearean sonnets and scenes to poems by Maya Angelou and also included an original poem by a Glenholme student, Steven.  Other excited participants included Nico, Austin, Ross, Matt, Matt, Michal, Elias, Aaron, and Kate.

The students of the Glenholme Dance Ensemble filled the second portion of the presentation with tremendous energy. Dance Ensemble members Anabel, Rachel, Max, Harper,  Ethan, and Kate showcased snippets of larger Hip Hop, Ballet and Modern Dance routines, which they continued to choreograph for the end-of-summer show, “Styles of Summer,” scheduled on August 23rd.

“The Celebration of the Arts” concluded with vocal artists’ performing in the Summer Cabaret! portion of the program. The vocalists presented challenging vocal solos of their choosing. Among the many amazing performances, were Austin, Kate, Will, Matt, and Aaron.

The arts program at The Glenholme School continues to expand and provide a variety of performing mediums to students. By participating in the arts, students expand their skills, liberate their imaginations, increase their self-esteem, and learn positive methods of expression. Active involvement in the arts stimulates Glenholme students’ personal growth, helps them to develop an appreciation for others, and allows them to take healthy risks in a safe and supportive environment.

Visiting Artists Arrive: The Glenholme School’s Arts Incentive

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Students weren’t just dancing – they were popping, strobing, waving, and gliding – during a January Hip Hop workshop led by Akim Funk Buddha, a Zimbabwe-born, multi-talented artist from New York. As part of The Glenholme School’s new Arts Incentive program, the Hip Hop workshop was the first in an exciting new series of Arts-related enrichment opportunities for Glenholme students.

The idea to host a series of visiting artist workshops received rave reviews after Glenholme piloted the program in early 2010 with a single weekend workshop. At the initiative of several Glenholme parents and Arts enthusiasts, the program was formalized for the 2011-2012 school year and funded by a number of generous contributions from parents.

Glenholme’s first visiting artist of the year, Akim Funk Buddha, is an accomplished dancer who has performed in venues ranging from the streets of Bali to The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Known for his holistic approach to Hip Hop, Akim draws from a full spectrum of cultural traditions and artistic disciplines. During a two-day workshop on the Glenholme campus, Akim covered various elements of live impromptu performance, including instruments, voice, writing, spoken word, and movement. Throughout the collaborative process, students experienced innovative ways of thinking and creating, and demonstrated a profound willingness to try new things.

By participating in a program such as the Arts Incentive, students expand their skills, liberate their imaginations, increase their self-esteem, and learn positive methods of expression. Active involvement in the Arts stimulates Glenholme students’ personal growth, helps them to develop an appreciation for others, and allows them to take healthy risks in a safe and supportive environment. The Glenholme School aims to grow the Arts Incentive program and provide students with an eclectic series of on-campus weekend workshops covering all areas of the Arts.