Arts & Enrichment

April 2016

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Congratulations Artists!

The opening reception of the 27th Annual Questar III High School Invitational Art Exhibit was held March 30 at the Marvin Library Learning Commons at Hudson Valley Community College. Scott Hathaway, Interim Department Chair for Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications programs at Hudson Valley Community College, served as this year’s guest juror. Hathaway recognized the following students for outstanding work:

  • 1stPlace: Womb by Jonah Puma, 10th grade, Coxsackie-Athens
  • 2ndPlace: Chino II by Anasuzi Bustos, 12th grade, Cairo-Durham
  • 3rdPlace: Self Portrait by Caitlin Lallier, 10th grade, East Greenbush
  • Honorable Mention: Drapesby Kate Bobear, 12th grade, Hoosic Valley
  • Honorable Mention: Tigress by Sydney Buhrke, 12th grade, Coxsackie-Athens
  • Honorable Mention: Erosion by Shawn Coons, 12th grade, Ichabod Crane
  • Honorable Mention: Social Hierarchy Represented in Birds by Zoe Gliosco, 11th grade, Brunswick (Brittonkill)


This year’s exhibit, which runs through April 28, features artwork from 13 local school districts:

  • Averill Park
  • Berlin
  • Brunswick
  • Cairo-Durham
  • Coxsackie-Athens
  • East Greenbush
  • Germantown
  • Greenville
  • Hoosic Valley
  • Ichabod Crane
  • New Lebanon
  • Rensselaer
  • Schodack


The Questar III High School Invitational Art Exhibit began in 1989 as a way to encourage the development and exchange of arts programming for schools in the region. Over the years the exhibit was held at the Questar III offices in Castleton, the Art Center of the Capital Region in Troy, and WMHT Studios in North Greenbush. The program was also designed to encourage student participation in our schools’ arts programming, to provide students with authentic feedback on their artistic endeavors and to promote strong, public support of the arts in our schools.

Exploratory Enrichment

We have two districts that are looking for a match on Exploratory Enrichment programs. In order to receive State Aid, all Exploratory Enrichment programs must be shared by two or more districts. If you are still making plans for programs this spring, please consider Wild Center or Sweethearts and Heroes.

Wild Center Program Description:

Visit http://www.wildcenter.org/ for a full listing of available programs.

Sweethearts and Heroes Program Description:
We are called Sweethearts and Heroes. Sweetheart is the original definition of the word Bully dating back to the 16th century. A Hero is someone that sends the message to people that they care. We believe our presence and message in schools will ignite the most important population of students in schools to be someone's Sweetheart or Hero through simple strategies and an action plan. What sets us aside is our response plan and call for action. We value programs that tug the heart strings and stir empathy, that is not what we do. We empower students, teachers, and parents with response plans (super hero powers).

Author Tim Green

Educators and parents across the nation know that reading 20 minutes a day dramatically boosts not only academic performance, but character development as well. In the last 10 years, veteran NFL player and NY Times best-selling author Tim Green has visited over a 1,000 schools and spoken to over a half million students across the United States. His highly motivational talks underscore his mission to promote literacy, education, and character development. Tim, a practicing lawyer in New York, tells kids everywhere that reading is like weightlifting for the brain: it makes them smarter and stronger and helps them achieve in school and in life. Finally, he believes reading should be fun! Kids across the board—boys and girls, athletes and non-athletes—rave about the "readability" of his stories. Green’s books for young readers have sold over a million copies to date. He uses all of his speaking fees to buy books for underserved kids, libraries, and schools across the country. http://timgreenbooks.com/
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CASDA Student Leadership Institute

The CASDA Student Leadership Institute will empower middle/high school students to utilize their leadership potential and accomplish meaningful community service activities. Students will have the opportunity to listen to powerful guest speakers on a range of topics, work on team-building skills, and design and launch community service projects that benefit their school and community. This Institute is comprised of 3 workshops that encourage student leaders to: 1) identify a significant school/community need, 2) collaborate to create an achievable service project, 3) write a realistic action plan & 4) share, present, and reflect on their project. Districts may host the workshops on-campus with a cohort of their choosing (students from a specific grade level, content area, or club). Alternatively, districts may select to send a smaller cohort of students to a regional location to interact with students from other districts. The CASDA Student Leadership Institute requires the cooperation of a supervising teacher or advisor to assist in the coordination of service projects. Educators may select up to 30 members of their club or class to join the workshop, or up to 60 students with the active participation of at least 2 teachers/advisors. CASDA Facilitators provide resources and support to cooperating advisor(s) between Institute workshops. This Institute gives students the skills, confidence, and teamwork to create their own meaningful community service project!

Alicia Klepies

From Author Alicia Klepies:

I offer a number of workshops for learners of varied ages. I am also happy to run teacher workshops as well. I tailor each of my programs to meet the needs of the audience, taking into account the size of the group, ages of the participants, etc. Detailed descriptions of all of my workshops can be found on my website at the following link:
http://aliciaklepeis.com/images/avp_workshops.pdf

Regardless of which workshop topic you choose, I plan to do certain things in every session:
  1. Talk about inspiration, where ideas come from, and how to get one's creative juices flowing
  2. Discuss the importance of research, writing multiple drafts and editing
  3. Answer questions from students, teachers (and anyone else in the room)
  4. Inspire young writers to keep journals, find their passions, and enjoy the writing process
  5. Share my journey as a writer, geographer, and traveler through a combination of hands-on activities and fun power point presentations
  6. Have a good time and laugh together

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

SPAC's education department brings professional performing artists in front of thousands of children across the Capital Region every year, providing schools and youth organizations with innovative educational programs in classical music and dance. Our Classical Kids program was established 24 years ago, and currently visits 6,000 students at 24 middle and elementary schools within the greater Capital Region, providing interactive presentations in schools, supplemental activity books, free tickets to classical performances at SPAC. Students who participate receive a Classical Kids Lawn Pass that grants one student, and an accompanying adult, free admission to all Ballet and Orchestra performances at SPAC until the student graduates from High School. This year, SPAC is expanding its educational programming to present two NEW Dance residencies: one with the Saratoga Regional and Capital District YMCAs in June 2016, and one with the Ballston Spa Central School District in January 2017. These programs will provide numerous repeated visits by professional dancers from National Dance Institute, and professional Broadway dancers from New York City, respectively. Both residencies will culminate in a final performance by the children in the program, giving young people who otherwise would not have the opportunity, the chance to experience the life-enhancing benefits that accompany participation in the arts.