Night of Jazz
Members of the Sousa Elementary School Jazz Band, Weber Jazz Lab, Weber Jazz Ensemble, and Schreiber Jazz Ensemble will have an experience rehearsing and performing with world-renowned jazz trumpet player Tony Kadleck. Approximately 100 students and their teachers will be involved.
District Band Spectacular
Band students in 5th-12th grade will experience the thrill of performing in a world-class concert hall at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post. This program is funded in partnership with the Creative Arts Department and The Ed. Foundation.
Do You Hear The People Sing
Stacey Portmore-Davies and Allison Friedman
HEARTS will fund the purchase of four new ear-set microphones to be used for future Weber Middle School Drama Club productions and Curtains Up performances.
Curtains Up – A Musical Theater Experience
Allison Friedman and Emily Baxter
Curtains Up is an elementary school theatre program for 4th and 5th grade students in the Port Washington public schools. Through putting on a full musical production - complete with singing, dancing, costumes, and sets - Curtains Up instills a love of musical theatre as well as helps to teach self-confidence and community building skills. Production to be announced.
The Mosaic Project
Kevin Scully and Elementary School Principals
With instruction from the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, all 3rd grade students across the district will learn about four distinct cultures---Afro-Cuban, North Indian, Japanese, and West African---as well as how to appreciate and respect one another’s cultures.
All students will be invited to join this after school art program, to learn new skills and create beautiful expressions of art.
Generously sponsored by Michele Garfield and Sandy Weiner
Kevin Scully and Elementary School Principals
This program incorporates performance arts with the classroom curriculum as students experience books in a kinesthetic, artistic, imaginative, social and tactile atmosphere. Students are guided to act out a piece of literature, bringing the book to life.
Schreiber High School
The Memory Project
The Art Honor Society will create portraits of children and teens around the world who have been orphaned, neglected or disadvantaged. The portraits will be delivered to the children to provide them with special memories that capture their childhood.
Schreiber Theatre Company’s Annual Musical Production
Lauren Foster-Holzer and Christine Nelson
Students will engage in a professional-level musical theatre production for the Port Washington community to enjoy. HEARTS provides support to bring this production to life. Production to be announced.
Schreiber Theater Company’s Annual Play
Christine Nelson and Lauren Foster-Holzer
Students will produce a full-length stage play production at Schreiber in November. Each production features the talents (both on and off stage) of 25-40+ Schreiber students. All are invited to attend. Production to be announced.
Advanced Painting is a year-long class that builds on prior knowledge in drawing and painting while introducing new materials and techniques. Many of the lessons throughout the year will embrace the big question, “how do the places we inhabit shape us?”, guiding students though thematic units of movement and time and space, refuge, community, fear, and nature.
Recapturing the Magic of the Darkroom
Photography students at Schreiber High School will step away from the fast-paced digital world of photography and fine tune their craft of advance darkroom printing skills with large scale prints. Students will have a new appreciation for photography and how they view prints while revisiting the magical craft of analog photography.
Community Tapestry, Uniting the Schreiber Community Through Weaving
Creative Crafts students, as well as the greater Schreiber community, will create a large scale community tapestry. A large loom will be passed between the art classrooms. Open weaving times will also be offered in the Schreiber lobby - as the students participate in this collaborative arts project.
Weber Middle School
Weber Music Tech/AV Club
In an after-school club, students will learn the technical side of music and theatre by learning how to operate sound and lighting boards, how to create music with digital tools, and how to record/edit audio and video.
Weber Woodwind and Brass Ensemble
The objective is to provide a forum for students who play a woodwind or brass instrument, to have a small ensemble experience, typically referred to as "chamber". This will allow students who are serious about improving their skills on their instrument to learn challenging music alongside their peers. The goal is for students to increase their personal musicianship skills and to be part of a community of students who share in the goal of improving as musicians.
Musical Angel Project
Stacey Portmore-Davies and Allison Friedman
The Weber Musical Production is a full-length musical produced over a four-and-a-half month period and involves approximately 150 students. Weber students are able to experience and grow their theatrical interests through acting, singing, dancing, stage managing, lighting, sound, stage crew, photography, and videography.
Daly Elementary School
Creative Story Telling
Third graders will bring historical figures to life with a live performance of a living wax museum. The program will help develop lifelong skills including research and writing techniques, as well as exploring vocal and acting techniques.
Generous support provided by Brad and Samantha Glick
Circle of Dance
Fifth grade students will work with professional dancers from the Circle of Dance Repertory Company through a 10 week program that brings dance and movement into public schools as a tool for learning. Through dance and related programming, students will learn perseverance, self-awareness and relationship skills while having fun and getting exercise and brain-breaks through modern dance.
Little Dancing Feet
This enrichment program for Pre-K students, led by Karen Ferry-Guy, offers exploration and exposure to lively musical styles and dance forms as well as self-expression, and develop a love for both music and dance in a comfortable setting.
Mummies and More: Discovering Ancient Egypt
Reading students at Daly Elementary School will engage in an immersive experience as they explore Ancient Egypt through exploring the role of an archaeologist, writing in hieroglyphics, dressing up as a pharaoh, and participating in a hands on art activity creating a relief sculpture of an Egyptian burial tomb.
Curtain's Up 2023 production of "Starmites." - June 2023 (Photo: HEARTS PW)
Salem Elementary School
Alvin Ailey West African Dance
First graders will participate in an eight-week, in-school residency in West African style dance, led by members of the celebrated Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. These workshops teach unity of body, mind and spirit which is fundamental to African culture. Students also learn regional songs along with dances of welcome and praise culminating in a performance.
Step by Step: Civic Responsibility Through Dance
Building upon the skills and dances previously learned in both Alvin Ailey (1st grade) and the Mosaic Project (3rd grade), Salem's Fifth grade students will engage in a nine-week, in school, hands on dance residency workshop, teaching students Hip-Hop style dance along with a focus on civic responsibility. Students will foster community agreements though dance and create a 'brave' space. They will also explore concepts of identity, self expression, acceptance and enhancing empathetic relationships across diverse cultures and races. The program is a collaboration with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.
Co-sponsored with The Ed Foundation
Sousa Elementary School
Hip Hop Fundamentals
Students at Sousa Elementary School will participate in a program produced by Hip Hop Fundamentals, a unique breakdance education company out of Philadelphia. The performance focuses on youth empowerment, creativity and working together through the arts.
Curtains Up, Curtains Down
Students will attend performances at The Tilles Center and create a mural based on their experiences, working with reading and art teachers, and fostering critical thinking, literacy skills, creativity, and problem solving techniques.
Berest Dance Center: Dance for Joy
"Dance for Joy" is a 10-week Dance Scholarship Program taught by volunteer senior student teachers in the Berest Dance Center for those in the community who otherwise would not be able to attend such a class due to financial restraints.
The Community Synagogue Theater Company
Support will be used to benefit Community Synagogue Theater Company’s musical production, (show to be determined). All Port Washington residents are encouraged to audition and be a part of the production.
Landmark on Main Street: Artist in Residence program
Landmark on Main Street will offer workshops, master classes, and/or multicultural, interactive performances with professional musicians, with input and collaboration with local through students through School District liaison Kevin Scully. Students will learn technique, artistic skills and creative inspiration from professional musicians, dancers, artists and/or theater professionals.
Co-sponsored by The Ed Foundation
Landmark Radio Theater
Landmark Radio Theater performs radio plays in stage at Landmark on Main Street's Jeanne Rimsky Theater before a live audience. The plays are produced in an "old-time radio" style, incorporating live music and manual sound effects created on stage, and a cast of actors giving life to an array of characters.
The Nicholas Center: Understanding Autism Through Art
The fine arts are a wonderful outlet for self-exploration, creativity and self-expression. This is especially valuable when a person is limited in their ability to communicate with others. Through its Creative Arts Program, The Nicholas Center connects Autistic individuals with the wider community through ‘art-focused’ projects that facilitate inclusion, socialization, and community building. The funds will support a musical theater production for the participants.
Port Washington Parent Resource Center: Music Program for Stepping Stone Classes
An engaging music program for Pre-K children who may not otherwise have access to extracurricular activities.
Parent Resource Center: Outreach Program for the Arts
The Outreach Program at the Parent Resource Center, serves low income Latin American immigrant families with young children. Our Outreach Program serves more than 200 children and parents each year, giving them access to programming, particularly, music and art focused.
Port Washington Senior Citizens Center: Painting Class
Seniors who attend programs at the center will engage in specialty art classes facilitated by qualified art teachers.
Generous support provided by The Peter and Jeri Dejana Foundation
Port Summer Show
This time honored community Theater Company exists for children (grades 9-12th grade) in the school district during the summer months. A full scale musical production takes place in August for the whole community to enjoy. The show is to be determined.
Port Washington Play Troupe
The Port Washington Play Troupe will be performing a staged radio drama production of It’s A Wonderful Life. The show will be performed by members of the Port Washington community and will engage audience members of all-ages as they celebrate the holiday season.
2023-2024 Gina Farasciano Community Theater Grant Recipient
Helen Keller DeafBlind Art Show at The Art Guild
DeafBlind students at the Helen Keller National Center located in Port Washington will have the opportunity to participate in an inviting environment that supports them in using art as a modality for self-expression. The students will then have their works exhibited at The Art Guild of Port Washington where community members will have the opportunity to share the students’ stories through their creative expressions.
Artwork from Helen Keller DeafBlind Art Show at The Art Guild, August 2023