Summer Updates

A few updates from the end of the school year at Northwood, some summer arts opportunities,  and a new report I want to recommend to you over the summer…

First, congratulations to senior Andrew Southerland, Northwood’s recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Award. Created in 1955, the award honors the top student in a high-school band and recognizes superior musicianship and outstanding dedication. It was developed with the cooperation of Helen Sousa Albert and Priscilla Sousa, daughters of the famous composer and bandmaster. Southerland played Euphonium in both the NHS Marching Band and the NHS Concert Band.  He was a featured soloist in last year’s marching band program, Psychoses, as well as a student conductor at the Concert for Memorial Day. Southerland will continue his music studies this fall at Western Carolina University. Both the Northwood band director, Eugene Cottrell, and the principal, Chris Blice, received this award upon graduating from their respective high schools.

Induction ceremonies for new Northwood chapter members of the National Art Honor Society took place this year at the Spring Art Show on May 30. Congratulations to new NAHS members Aubrye Carr, Josy Christian, Kapreshia Covington, Bailey Friedman, Ashley Gardner, Chelsea Gardner, Silvan Goddin, Charlotte Harrison, Emily Kerscher, Michelle Oliver, Claire Pauley, and Jan Reinberg,

Check out the new Photo Albums at the NHSAEF website. We’ve posted pictures from the recent Drama Camp for Chatham middle school students. Students worked for a week with Dr. Carlin and members of the Acting Ensemble to prepare skits and a short play for family and friends on Friday June 19.

This year I began serving as co-chair (along with Kathie Russell ) of ChathamArts’ Arts in Education Committee. This group is responsible for promoting and organizing the residency programs in Chatham County Schools each year. We’re looking forward to 9 residencies in the coming year! This summer ChathamArts kicks off their first series of summer camps and classes. They are working with Briar Chapel to offer several art camps for your child, giving him/her an opportunity to experience music, painting and drama. It’s not too late to register, so check out their camp info here:

Take a few minutes to read Increasing Arts Demand Through Better Arts Learning. This June 2009 Wallace Foundation “Knowledge in Brief” summarizes new research on how some cities are working to reverse a decades-long decline in arts education in ways that could also lift demand for the arts overall.

As many of you know Northwood is currently undergoing a major renovation effort. When completed this fall, the Arts Education Department will be consolidated in a new, expanded arts wing. NHSAEF is an all-volunteer organization working to promote and enhance NHS arts education. Join us and share you time, talents, and ideas as we work to assist faculty, provide opportunities for students, and promote involvement and collaboration with the community!