Greetings! It is with great pride, pleasure and enthusiasm that I welcome our new and returning Center for the Arts students and families to the 2020-2021 school year! On behalf of the CFA faculty and staff, we look forward to another exciting and productive year. As always, we are dedicated to our mission of fostering artistic success, as demonstrated in our CFA Showcase performances and Visual Arts galleries. We also reaffirm our commitment to academic achievement as the CFA program strives for excellence in both artistic and academic endeavors!
The 2020-2021 school year will look like none we’ve ever seen before. The safety measures brought on by the COVIC-19 pandemic result in an all-virtual start this year. None of us have ever experienced opening the school year in this fashion but that leaves us all with something in common! We are all on equal footing as we navigate these unknown challenges before us. Teachers, students and parents alike are asked to use technology in ways that are unfamiliar or even daunting to some, if not most, of us. Families are quickly trying to adapt so that education and learning can continue. With so many uncertainties, we will have to depend on each other more than ever! Never before have I been as grateful to work with such creative students, such dedicated teachers and such supportive parents. It is through our teamwork, our patience, our resilience, and our passion that we will both survive and conquer this “COVID” year together!
This year we need to focus on being flexible. We have tentatively scheduled our calendar of events for the year, but we do not yet know if the performances and galleries will be virtual or in-person. In fact, we do not yet know many of the details going into this school year that are usually outlined for us well in advance. While the scheduling of performances and galleries will require flexibility, our end goals will not waiver. We will still work toward academic and artistic success, whether we are working virtually, in-person or in a hybrid situation. We will still work toward creating a sense of community—the bonds students make during their CFA years are strong—so we will find ways for our students to connect. We will still work at being kind to one another. And we will still work on self-care and focusing on our mental and emotional health during this unusual time in our country’s history.
I never cease to be amazed by the creativity and vast abilities of our students; the dedication and passion of our teachers; the efforts and loyal support provided by the FCFA; and the support and advocacy of our parents. It is truly a blessing to serve the HHS and CFA communities and it is an honor to help guide our students and watch them develop and excel in their respective arts disciplines and achieve their academic successes.
Best wishes for a productive and creative year!
Stephanie Poxon, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Arts