The Newark School of the Arts held a presentation recently entitled Vignettes of African American Culture. The Newark School of the Arts is located at 89 Lincoln Park in Newark, NJ. Newark School of the Arts (NSA) provides high-level training in the performing and visual arts. Since 1968, according to their website, the school has offered instruction for everyone with an interest in the arts regardless of age, talent and financial resources. NSA is a family and community oriented school that has served 38,000 individuals since its inception, and provides education for 500 students each week.
The school serves children from age four to senior citizen through long-term sequential training that often contributes to lifelong learning and professional careers in the arts. Many additional students have benefitted from individualized instruction and became successful in other fields of endeavor. Through the emphasis of comprehensive arts education, all students are given opportunities to perform and exhibit in formal and informal settings.
Specialized instruction is offered on all musical instruments, voice, music, dance (ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, social dance), drama and the visual arts (drawing and painting, acrylic painting, clay hand-building, cartooning, jewelry design, digital photography, portfolio development). Ensemble training opportunities include dance workshops, string, wind, guitar, and percussion groups.
Special programs are available for talented students and children of pre-school age. Individuals with special needs and senior citizens are integrated into NSA programs. In addition to on site-training, the school also serves area pre-schools, public, charter and private schools as well as other organizations through special arrangement.
During this presentation, the audience was treated to the talents of the students and teachers alike. The event opened up with a rendition of Lift Every Voice And Sing. The audience was encouraged to sing along. A selection entitled Rhythm of the Drums followed. Tom Price, an instructor at the school, played the piano while Julian Gregory, a student, followed along by playing the bongos.
There was a wonderful tribute to Whitney Houston as one student performed “One Moment in Time”. All the performances were very entertaining. However, the presentation ended on a high note when the South Side High School Alumni chorus sang Walk Together Children. The performance was uplifting and inspiring to all in attendance.
If you or anyone you know wants to take lessons at the Newark School of the Arts, contact them at 973-642-0133. To view this presentation go to:
Part 1 https://vimeo.com/42055860
Part 2 https://vimeo.com/44862653