DESOTO, TX – Twenty students enrolled in fine arts classes at West Middle School and Freshman Campus traveled to New York City the week of July 2 to engage and learn about the life of the arts in NYC. The trip was coordinated by the theater, choir and art teachers from both campuses.
The students were able to meet and participate in workshops taught by Broadway performers from The Lion King along with various Broadway directors. Students attended Broadway performances of Pippin and Wicked, which the West students performed at their school last year. They visited both The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Students saw original paintings from Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollack, Claus Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, and many more. The students also visited Lincoln Center Opera House and were able to see a practice performance from the Lincoln Orchestra.
Celebrating July 4 in New York City, the students visited the 911 memorial and met actual survivors from the tragic attack. Traditional sightseeing was also on the agenda as students visited the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park and many more popular NYC attractions, even observing street artists along the way. As a special surprise highlight, the theater and choir students performed a singing flash performance in the middle of Grand Central Station.
Students were selected based on attendance in fine arts classes with no behavior disciplinary referrals the past school year. The primary source of funding was from parents, but students also helped raise funds with after school concession stand sales, school dances, $1 jean day, theater play admission, car wash, and garage sales.
For West eighth grader Angelica Henry the trip “gave me a chance to embrace a different type of lifestyle that I can one day see as my own.” Freshman Randall Moss said “seeing the street artists really enlighten my thoughts of one day coming back and becoming one myself.” Eighth grader Darius Mason summed up the trip as “It really was fun … all the museums, Broadway shows, and theater sessions that we took and really just HAD FUN.”