The arts are an integral part of life at 100 East End Avenue, woven into our curriculum and traditions and celebrated throughout the year. To further this commitment, this year Class 12 student Wylie McCann is serving as the School’s first Arts president, a new addition to Student Government meant to represent and give exposure to the arts in their many forms.
This winter, with the help of Upper School Arts representatives, Wylie organized the School’s first Night of Creative Courage, an evening of performances showcasing the creativity and talent of our community.
Inspired by Chapin’s theme of the year, “Listen with Compassion, Act with Courage,” the event was designed as an opportunity for Upper School students to experience performing live for an audience, some for the very first time.
“Students were able to put themselves out there, not to be perfect but to explore their power on stage,” Wylie explained. “The event represented Chapin’s theme in a very literal sense.”
Performers from each Upper School class took to the stage, sharing everything from tap dance and Irish folk music to musical theater and pop songs with students, faculty and parents in attendance. Upper School visual art enthusiasts also participated by displaying their work in the Assembly Room during the event.
“It was a powerful celebration of all art forms,” Wylie said, noting that she hopes Night of Creative Noise will continue to grow and become an annual Upper School tradition.
From the artists who bravely shared their unique voices to the audience members who offered their support and encouragement, it truly was a night of courage, compassion and creativity to be remembered.
Browse photos of the performances below: