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Port Chester Hosts Arts In The School Day Thursday

Port Chester Middle School students show off a model they made for last year's National Arts in the School Day. This year the celebration will be held Thursday across the district.
Port Chester Middle School students show off a model they made for last year's National Arts in the School Day. This year the celebration will be held Thursday across the district. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice File Photo

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The artwork of the Port Chester school community will be on display Thursday as part of the sixth-annual National Arts in the School Day celebration.

Presented by the Port Chester Council for the Arts , the day will feature activities and events at all Port Chester schools. This year's highlights include a district-wide speech competition for fifth-graders at John F. Kennedy Magnet School and an Art for All gallery at each elementary school, featuring the work of students, their families, teachers and staff. Awards will be presented to Port Chester art educators Brigitte Lortiz and Cindy Moore.

National Arts in the School Day was launched in 2008 as an extension of the PCCFA's Literacy Through the Arts program. The day is designed to inspire teachers and schools to unleash their creativity, and to encourage collaboration between teachers in different disciplines and between schools and members of the community.

Artist and Cafe Mirage employee Paul Rively will be visiting with fourth grade students at Edison School. At Port Chester Middle School, the day's theme will be Leonardo Da Vinci, which will be incorporated into the curriculum throughout the day. Throughout the day students at different schools will participate in story times, learn about tile painting, dance, and cartooning, visiting Central Park for puppet shows and taking virtual tours of the National Museum of Art.

The speech competition at 10 a.m. will be a culmination of the Literacy Through the Arts Presentation Skills program. The program is designed to teach kids how to organize a presentation, develop content and acquire confidence speaking in front of a live audience. The student winners from each school will compete for the district title.

Arts Advocate awards will be presented to Loritz and Moore at a reception at the Anthony J. Posillipo Community Center in Rye Brook at 3:45 p.m. Loritz is a watercolorist who has been artist-in-residence at the Literacy Through the Arts program for the past 16 years. A Port Chester resident, she teaches art privately, in school settings and at the Rye Arts Center. She is co-founder of the PCCFA's KinderArt program.

Moore is a musical artist who has directed more than 30 shows for children and adults for the PCCFA. She is the musical director for the Rye Arts Center, on the staff at Westco Productions and a professional vocalist who performs with the bands Class Act and Reunion.

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