Area schools invent new dimensions of excellence in the arts
Last year was, of course, marked by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, which tasked schools with creating not only new campus-wide health and safety protocols, but entirely new guidelines for performing and visual arts programs. We profiled the creative and adaptive ways in which many area schools rose to this challenge, keeping art students inspired, creating, and even safely performing and exhibiting.
This year, while the pandemic is not yet over, things do look different, thanks in large part to the availability of COVID-19 vaccinations for much of the school population. This means safely offering more opportunities for students to share the arts among their school communities and with the community at large. As you will clearly see here, the arts are alive and well in schools, with some creative reimagining.
We are grateful to the arts administrators featured here for sharing their school arts news, including the Fine Arts Department of Duval County Public Schools, LaVilla School of the Arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Atlantic Coast High School, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, and The Bolles School. These schools are continuing to navigate uncharted waters while offering top-notch art experiences that bolster students’ education and spread joy throughout our city.