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Pilot Program for a New School of the Arts in Susquehanna Township District

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Oct 23, 2012 4:11 PM

Lenwood Sloan, Artist-in-Residence

The Susquehanna Township School District has plans to develop a school of the arts, and has launched a pilot program this year in the high school focusing on theater and the visual arts. Selected students in the two areas will be given an immersive experience in the arts, with a combined curriculum which also allows them to gain English credits gained through work related to their field. The theater students, for example, will study related literature such as T. S. Eliot’s verse play, Murder in the Cathedral. The art students will include journalism along with their art studies, producing a magazine while they learn about digital photography and layout.

The published magazine is titled AND Magazine, produced by Jump Street, a non-profit community arts organization in Harrisburg dedicated to developing education and economic opportunities in the arts. Jump Street has partnered with the school district to help launch the new school for arts. Part of the partnership includes providing artists-in-residence, professional artists who teach alongside the regular teachers. In the theater department, the artist this year is Lenwood Sloan, who has been Pennsylvania Film Commissioner and Director of Cultural and Heritage Initiatives, as well as having a number of credits in commercials, film and television.

With the Capital Area School for the Arts moving to switch to a public charter-school status in the next school year, the Susquehanna Township School District is hoping to keep its artistically talented students within the district by providing enhanced opportunities for arts education.

Below you can hear our audio feature on the pilot program at the high school.  

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