The performing arts have always been a significant part of the array of exciting experiences made available at the School, to both entertain and educate the students. Weekly music classes are a favorite for many students, as are many of the supplemental music experiences throughout the year.
Students may participate in a Drum Circle, meeting with a small group of peers to learn new instruments and rhythms, while simultaneously practicing socialization skills.
Additionally, the Primary, Middle and Secondary Programs each perform a holiday show for staff, families and community members each December as a special holiday gift to showcase all they’ve been learning throughout the year.
A proud hallmark of our performance arts program is the Hilda M. Willis Creative Arts Series, which introduces our students to an exciting, diverse mix of fine, applied and performing artists every year. Established in 1993 thanks to a generous grant from the Hilda M. Willis Foundation, the series invites performers and artists to adapt their work so that, whenever possible, students with multiple disabilities can more fully interact and participate in the events. Whether inviting students to sing along, clap or use percussion instruments, performers not only bring the arts to life for students at the School, but often experience their own art form anew in the process.