Harper Finley reads her poem, Winter.
The Jewish Middle School’s Art Among Us lived up to its billing, showcasing visual arts, music, digital music, and performing arts to the over 100 visitors in attendance. Participants enjoyed a musical performance, a presentation of spoken word poetry, installations of visual art around the school, exhibits including digital music and sculpture, and Hebrew-language performances.
Legend Wright explains some of the artwork on the walls to family and friends.
The evening was spearheaded by JMS Co-Head of School Alene Arnold and Annette Calloway, JMS Art and ELA teacher. Arnold is an ardent supporter of arts integration and explains that at JMS, “Art is a kinesthetic way of reinforcing learning and an avenue through which our students can apply and connect to what they are learning.” Art Among Us was an opportunity for JMS to demonstrate this commitment to the arts and magnify the benefit of its integration into the classroom.
Amalia Strosbreg, Emma Block, and Gabe Burgess perform a violin piece to open the evening.
The evening culminated with a gathering in front of a spectacular mural created by the entire JMS student body, in honor of the event. For those poised to graduate from the Jewish Middle School in the coming days Art Among Us was a final chance to show their parents and the greater community the hard-earned results of their learning and work at JMS.
The JMS Mural was designed and created by the entire school, as a capstone project for the art show
Dylan Ringel is an eighth-grade student at JMS. Dylan reflected that Art Among Us was “A chance to think about how much we have been able to do, and it was a process where everyone was involved. It took a lot of thinking and hard work, but the result was something spectacular.”
It was indeed a spectacular evening for the Jewish Middle School, and one Arnold expects to see again in the coming year. “Our students were so proud of seeing their work displayed so prominently and celebrated so fully by their friends and family. We look forward to building on this success and creating many more opportunities to showcase JMS talent and work within the community.”
As the school year comes to a close, JMS congratulates its graduating class, and wishes them well on the next step of their educational journey. Mazel Tov to Ivy Jaqua (Kehilla High School),
Dylan Ringel (Kehilla High School), Leah Henley (Nashville Big Picture High School) and Thomas Bishop (James Lawson High School).