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Port Chester Celebrates National Art In The Schools Day

Students at Edison School paint tiles for the school's version of the Sistine Chapel as part of Port Chester's National Art in the Schools Day.
Students at Edison School paint tiles for the school's version of the Sistine Chapel as part of Port Chester's National Art in the Schools Day. Photo Credit: Linda White Tartaglia

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester students, teachers and community members came together last week to celebrate the sixth annual National Art in the Schools Day.

Created by the Port Chester Council for the Arts , the day is designed to inspire teachers and schools to unleash their creativity and use art to explore collaboration across disciplines. The first Art in the Schools Day was held in 2008, with actress Jane Alexander, former chair of the National Endowment of the Arts, and Academy Award-winning director Chris Wedge.

This year each school featured an Arts for All Gallery, showcasing original visual art, poetry, music and craftwork of students, teachers, support staff, custodians, administrators and parents. Park Avenue School students created green art and celebrated watercolorist Brigitte Loritz. Edison School was visited by local artist Paul Rively and created a version of the Sistine Chapel. King Street School students took part in hip hop dancing and cartooning. At Kennedy Magnet School, storyteller Lou Del Bianco performed the one-man show "Luigi's Story" about his grandfather Luigi Del Bianco, the Port Chester artist who was the chief carver of Mount Rushmore. Port Chester Middle School students spent the day exploring the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci.

The PCCFA present Arts Advocate Awards to artist/educator Brigitte Loritz and musical artist Cindy Moore. The two Port Chester residents were honored at a reception at the Anthony J. Posillipo Community Center in Rye Brook.

Check out our gallery of photos from National Art in the Schools Day. If you have photos of your student's artwork, send it to portchester@dailyvoice.com .

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