County Students Show Off Great Ability and Character At Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Gala By Hamil R. Harris and Raoul Dennis
The April 8, 2017 Arts Gala event was presented by Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council in partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools. For nearly three hours students in elementary, middle and high school from the school system’s various arts and academic programs sang, danced, played incredible jazz, performed in films at the College Park Marriott and Conference Center.
“ We are mission driven in our intent to raise awareness to the value of the arts, “ said Executive Director, Rhonda Dallas. “ What better way then to celebrate our students creative achievements while galvanizing support in our efforts to connect classrooms to our phenomenal local arts community.“ A Cultural Tapestry: Renaissance Through the Arts” represented the second time the Council delivered an arts education centered night of performing and visual art.
“The Arts are tremendously important, ” said PGCPS CEO, Dr. Kevin Maxwell said. “It sparks creativity, it helps makes learning real, doing things, not just reading and responding to questions but being engaged in projects, but it helps people get context in the society that we live in.” Chair of the Prince George's Arts & Humanities Council Konrad Herling recognized the event as a win for the county’s future. “Anyone who attended the Arts Gala could not help but to be moved and truly inspired by the performances and video productions of our talented youth. It is so refreshing to have both our school system and our arts programming working together to provide greater opportunities for our youth. It is truly an investment in our future.” Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III, Dr. Maxwell and dozens of community arts, business and political leaders attended the VIP-studded affair. “What you see are students who have gone onto to do great things, whether it is in performance, visual arts or in science and math,” Baker said “Every great city, every great place, should have great architecture, great engineering, it is about having those great places and the arts are a critical part of that.” And the show went on—every dazzling, cutting edge moment of it.
Bold performances by The Parkdale High School dancers, the Voices of Glassmanor, The Laurel Elementary School Choir, the All County High School Jazz Ensemble, the Middle School Honors Dance Ensemble and the High School Honors Dance Ensemble thoroughly electrified audiences. The 2016 Prince George’s County Public Schools Film Festival Award Winners and the Honors Theater Ensemble turned in compelling performances which were accentuated by several outstanding film offerings.
The Maryland State Arts Council's FY2017 Grants for Organizations (GFO) program provides unrestricted operating support to arts organizations and arts programs through grant awards. Join GFO program staff for Info Sessions and a Q&A Session to learn more about the program. Please watch our INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RV10wBEu10o
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An independent non-profit organization designated by the Prince George’s County government to coordinate financial support and advocacy for the arts and humanities through grants, programming and creative partnerships among business, education, government and residents.
The Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) seeks to create a world-class cultural environment where diverse high quality arts and humanities programs are available for all Prince George’’s County residents and visitors.
The Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council promotes artistic achievement and creative expression in all its forms. PGAHC supports life-long learning through the arts and humanities, particularly in arts education to young people.
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Executive Director - Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council