Volume 25 December 2023

Welcome to the winter edition of our monthly newsletter, where you'll find updates on everything arts related in the KLSD!

Encore X: January 6th

KLSD ArtsALIVE is proud to announce the return of our popular Broadway Style Cabaret:

Encore X!!

Now in its 10th year, it is a special night of nostalgia as current JJHS students and alumni share the JJHS stage together, creating Broadway magic as they perform musical theatre acts from then and now! 

Andre Catrini, JJHS Class of 2007, will be returning as this year's Musical Director! 

Also, featuring a film of original artwork and music provided by the students from the JJHS Visual Art and Music Technology Departments.

Very family friendly event, Food, the popular "Love Notes",

"Kisses for the Cast", Raffles and more!

Tickets Are Now Available - Click Here!

JHHS Art Students Take New Heights

On November 13th, John Jay High School art students traveled to Storm King Art Center in New Hudson, NY to learn about and view what is perhaps the largest collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures in the U.S. KLSD ArtsAlive funded the entire trip.

"Students in AP 3-D studio art and design, AP drawing, and advanced ceramics participated in a field trip to Storm King Art Center,” explains Kristen Lowe, the art teacher who supervised the trip. “We engaged in an educator-led tour of different sculptures and learned specifically about the materials and processes these artists used. This gave students ideas for their inquiries and how to connect their ideas to their materials and processes. Thank you, KLSD ArtsAlive for your generous contribution to make this trip possible."

Freshman Play 2023

This year's Freshman Play "12 Incompetent Jurors" written by Ian McWethy is a satire of 12 Angry Men. It pokes fun at the legal system through the deliberations of a jury tasked with deciding the fate of a defendant who is accused of abducting half a dozen cats.

There are 17 cast members and countless crew members participating in the 2023 freshman play. 

KLSD ArtsAlive will be selling our popular "Love Notes" and

Flowers at these performances!

The Freshman Play introduces ninth graders to the processes and roles in John Jay Theatre Workshop and gives seniors a path to leadership in the program.

This year’s directors—seniors Samantha Donnelly, Maddy Galgano, Jack Pryor, and Alec Schwartz are using their many years of theater experience to inspire their thirteen freshman cast members and many crew members to create a funny, entertaining show!

Pictured left to right: Jack Pryor, Maddy Galgano, Alec Schwartz and Samantha Donnelly

Music Tech at the Summit!

John Jay’s Music Technology seniors Maddy Galgano, Tyler Goodrich, Nick Benson, and Aya Schwartz (shown here with Music Tech teacher Amy Geiger) presented at the Briarcliff HS/MS Instructional Technology Summit!

The students presented original compositions and discussed their approach, technique and reflective process with the audience. Students also addressed questions from the audience about their work and participation in the Music Tech program

The Rite of Autumn Art Exhibition will be displayed throughout

the Winter.

JJHS Students are exhibiting their drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics and photographs in The Rite of Autumn Art Exhibition in the JJHS art gallery.

Hope you all had a chance to see these wonderful productions!!

Congrats to all involved in

John Jay High School’s

Fall 2023


"Is He Dead?"

Congrats to all involved in

John Jay Middle School’s

Fall 2023


"The Twilight Zone"

3 iconic plays

"The Monsters are Due on Maple St"

"Kick the Can"

"In the Nick of Time"

IMES-4th Grade are Music Producers

Students shared their songs that they created on Garage Band with their Music class. “Students learned to be composers and sound designers,” said April Higgins, music teacher at Increase Miller Elementary. “They used their musical tastes to synthesize great works that represent their own musicality. It's a hands-on way for students to understand music production.”

As a KLSD ArtsAlive member, you join a community of people dedicated to keeping music, culture and the arts a vital part of the KLSD experience. 

Membership levels range from $25 up to $100,

and all donations are tax-deductible.

Learn more, join or renew your membership today.

Our Mission Statement:

Promote and enhance the arts education for our students and show appreciation for the outstanding work being done in all areas of the arts in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.

Who We Are:

KLSD ArtsAlive is a 501C(3) not-for-profit organization that includes students, parents, patrons, faculty and staff who donate their time and resources to enhance the fine arts programs offered by the Katonah-Lewisboro schools.  

Our Core Belief:

We believe that promoting the arts in our schools unifies our entire community. By supporting arts-related events and programming, we give everyone the opportunity to celebrate our talented students and teachers.

What We Do:

Through fundraising efforts (and thanks to your support), KLSD ArtsAlive has contributed funds in recent years for: 

  • A stage spotlight at IMES 
  • A sound booth and bandshells at JJHS
  • An art gallery and pottery wheels at JJHS
  • Microphones and an art gallery at JJMS
  • “Music and Mood” art program at JJMS
  • Arts in education programming for KLSD student workshops and field trips, including the recent opportunity for the JJHS Orchestra to participate in the inaugural 2023 Music in the Parks competition where they won a superior rating for their performance and the Esprit de Corps award for their grace.

How Can You Help?

Learn more, join, or renew your membership today.
Interested in getting involved, click here!
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