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Arts Education @ PS 3

We are committed to providing all of our students with sequential standards-based arts education and have earned a well-deserved reputation in the New York City arts-in-education community for effectively doing that.  

Our staff includes one full-time Visual Arts teacher, Michael Cooper, and one full-time Theater teacher, Theresa Stanley .  We also have one full-time Music teacher, Ahmed Abdullah, who also directs The Bedford Village Ensemble chorus and band, and one part-time teaching artist, Maggie Davis, (from our long-time partner Education Through Music) who provide Music education to all of our students.  Additionally, we have an Arts Education Coordinator, Stephen Mohney, who works with our partner arts-in-education organizations to schedule in-school instruction by arts teaching artists and museum educators, class visits to museums, and class trips to concert halls.  

Besides Education Through Music, our arts-in-education partners include the Brooklyn Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, Forces of Nature Dance Theater Company, the Morgan Library and Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, , the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), the Museum of Contemporary African-American Diaspora Art (MoCADA), VH1 Save-the-Music Foundation, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. 

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s provide teaching artists who instruct all students in grades 3-5 in music and dance and provide three concerts of classical music (at various venues throughout the city) for the students to attend.  OSL sponsors our annual Family Day.  This year it will be at the Brooklyn Museum of Art on June 5th.  MoCADA sponsors an after school program in photography and graphic arts for upper grade students, and exhibits their work at their downtown museum.  Our annual Day of the African Child dance festival features African dance performances by 3rd grade classes, taught by 'Dele Husbands of the Forces of Nature Dance Theater Company.  We also sponsor an arts-based after school program for English Language Learners, and a Bedford Village Arts Club. 

All classroom teachers and other curriculum specialists also provide arts experiences for students throughout the year that may include, among other things, opportunities to: write creatively and make books; draw and/or illustrate their writing, reports, experiences, and concepts; design and color tessellations in math using geometric shapes; take photos and videos with digital cameras, and then use computers to edit images and make movies; create computer-generated artwork and graphic design, and multimedia presentations; make crowns for the Three Kings Day Parade; participate in theatrical productions that usually involve singing, dancing and scenery design; rehearse students to sing or play instruments in musical performances; and respond to visual and performing arts experiences. 

Weekly Town Hall meetings feature one class per week performing for the entire school community.  We have an annual musical theater presentation.

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