FWCS Magnet Schools Series: Education in the Arts
Jan28

FWCS Magnet Schools Series: Education in the Arts

Everyone knows the Fort Wayne community thrives in the arts. If you’re not familiar, let me just name off a few: Arena Dinner Theatre, Artlink, Civic Theatre, FAME, Fort Wayne Ballet, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Heartland Sings, Wunderkammer… I could go on. Not many other communities can cultivate the same amount of artistic opportunity and prosperity that this community has. Fort Wayne is a hub for talent, but it doesn’t just happen over night. Think back to when you first realized a passion of yours. For many people, including myself, it dates back to childhood. I remember discovering my passion for writing clearly—at the age of ten. At this point in our lives as VERY young creatives, having support is crucial. This support can come from a variety of places. We always counted on our friends and family to encourage and nurture our creative cravings—as I know mine did—but we also seek out this support from outside our personal lives: teachers. The Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) district is doing its part in embracing the creative mindset this city employs not only by making enthusiastic teachers accessible to the students of Fort Wayne, but it also furthers its commitment to the educational advancement of the youth by offering an entire arts route through its magnet schools. In my last post about FWCS magnet early childhood centers, I briefly touched on the Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, which exposes pre-k and kindergarten students to arts education immediately as they begin their academic careers. But this isn’t the only arts magnet school that FWCS offers. In fact, children can experience an arts-based curriculum for the majority of their education here in Fort Wayne. After leaving pre-kindergarten/kindergarten at the Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, children can move on to their primary education at Weisser Park Elementary School. They offer curriculum in music, visual arts, theater arts and dance, all of which are based on the National Standards for Arts Education. Weisser Park’s art concentration feeds into Memorial Park Middle School, which, like Young and Weisser Park, offers music, art, foreign language, choir, speech and drama courses of study. Taking advantage of the many art organizations in Fort Wayne, Memorial Park students are given the opportunity to exhibit their work at Artlink every year. Artlink’s Betty Fishmann Gallery currently displays artwork from Memorial Park students as a feature of its Rock, Paper, Scissors exhibit, which runs until March 4. Students from Memorial Park Middle School are fed into South Side High School. While this is not a magnet arts school, South Side High School is a...

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This Friday: Exploration of Music Through Orchestra
May29

This Friday: Exploration of Music Through Orchestra

Nonprofit Believe In a Dream, Inc.’s signature event, Exploration of Music Through Orchestra, brings together orchestra students from Fort Wayne high schools and middle schools for a special benefit performance. When it started in 2011, Exploration of Music broke new ground by giving students from different school programs an opportunity to perform together in one large orchestra – in addition to performing individually.  Performing as part of a large group is a much different experience than performing in what are often small groups at a single school.  Believe In a Dream, Inc. wanted Fort Wayne students to have that experience. Over the years the event has grown from two participating schools initially, to seven last year.  This year Exploration of Music breaks new ground once again as all 13 Fort Wayne Community Schools orchestra programs will participate!  We anticipate that over 300 high school and middle school orchestra students will perform as individual schools and together! The event will be held on May 30 at 7:30 PM at South Side High School.  Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at Eventbrite.  Proceeds benefit the orchestral programs of the participating schools. Believe in a Dream, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  Its mission is to promote, develop, and mentor the youth of Fort Wayne, Indiana in business education, mathematics and science, and the performing arts to help them achieve their dreams.  For more information, visit biadinc.org. Event: Exploration of Music Through Orchestra Date/Time: May 30 at 7:30 PM Location: South Side High School Tickets: $7.00 (adult), $5.00 (student) – Ticket Link Get...

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