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Art and Music Appreciation Day at Educational Complex H.S. Cultivates Creativity, Community

Mr. Hendricks Jazz Band Ensemble (Submitted photo)

St. Croix Educational Complex High School (SCECHS) proudly hosted Art and Music Appreciation Day on Monday, March 25, during lunchtime, an event orchestrated by the Fine Arts Department. The occasion aimed to celebrate the profound significance of art and music in education, inviting attendees to immerse themselves in a realm of creativity and expression.

The event featured enthralling live performances by SCECHS music students, showcasing the talents of the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kevre Hendricks, and the remarkable Concert Choir, led by Alafia Flenyol. From 12:35-1:05 p.m., the school’s breezeway resonated with melodious tunes, creating a vibrant ambiance for all in attendance.

SCECHS student cutting the ribbon to open the Mural Mix-Up zone with( L-R) Assistant Principal Cheryl George, Dean of students Cliaunjel Mulley, Principal Rodney Moorehead and Ms. David Art Educator and Fine Arts Department Chairperson (Submitted photo

Adding to the day’s excitement was the grand opening of “The Mural Mix-up Courtyard” at the high school, which is located behind room C103.  Here, participants were encouraged to unleash their creativity alongside facilitators Danica David, Dwydale Dariah and Shakir Smith. Additionally, inside room C103, attendees engaged in “Art for Emotional Release” sessions with “Oriolla” Mary Maakheru, offering a therapeutic outlet for expression.

The Mural Mix-up Courtyard, designed as a therapeutic space for students, faculty and staff, provides an opportunity to create uninhibited artwork while relieving stress. It will be accessible on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunchtime, as well as during 3rd and 4th periods for collaborative art therapy sessions with classroom teachers. Prior registration with Danica David was encouraged for activities in room C103 and the courtyard.

SCECHS student cutting the ribbon to open the Mural Mix-Up zone with(L-R) Assistant Principal Cheryl George, Dean of students Cliaunjel Mulley, Principal Rodney Moorehead and Ms. David Art Educator and Fine Arts Department Chairperson (Submitted photo)

Whether reveling in music in the breezeway or channeling creativity indoors, attendees experienced a cathartic release of stress and a surge of imagination. “We are very proud of our Fine Arts and Music Department for providing creative ways for students to express themselves. Our students did an amazing job with their musical performance and their creation of meaningful artwork that expressed their feelings. I commend the faculty and staff that made this special event possible,” said Principal Rodney Moorehead.

In an educational landscape where art and music are sometimes misconstrued as less academically serious, it is imperative to recognize their crucial roles. Art and music education fosters creativity, critical thinking and emotional expression, enriching students’ overall academic experience. Through these subjects, students learn to appreciate diverse cultures, express themselves effectively and collaborate with others, promoting personal growth and self-confidence.

Principal Rodney Moorehead along with Mr. Dwydale Dariah with SCEC student (Submitted photo)

“Art and Music Appreciation Day showcased the power of creativity and community, offering attendees the opportunity to be a part of something beautiful,” said a school official.

The event served as a poignant reminder of the importance of integrating art and music into high school education, preparing students for success in a dynamic and culturally diverse world.

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