For over four decades, the New Trier Fine Arts Association (NTFAA) has supported New Trier arts students. Recently, the parent volunteer group approved $48,000 in grants that benefit 1,950 students who take at least one class per day in Art, Dance, Music, and/or Media, Speech & Theatre.
NTFAA supports three important programs: grants to arts departments for visiting artists, master classes, workshops and annual school-sponsored arts events; confidential student financial assistance to students to fully participate in school-sponsored trips and events; and merit-based summer scholarships.
"Workshops with professional artists, clinics with masters of their craft, performances in renowned venues and immersive summer programs offer unique and transformative educational opportunities," Board President Ami Campbell said. "The New Trier Fine Arts Association feels privileged to contribute toward these enriching - and often once-in-a-lifetime - experiences for the talented, passionate and committed fine arts students of New Trier."
All student artists will benefit from grants made to each of the four departments for visiting arts and annual arts events, including:
Art: Students will work with Jason Chakravarkty and Jennifer Umpress Cadwell to create sculptures in glass, combining flame working, casting hot shop and image transfer techniques with glass arts; work with educational artist John Miller as he demonstrates glass art in the hot shop; observe demonstrations on the process of oil painting and participate in critiques with Chicago artist Steve Musgrave; participate in an annual all-day workshop in Raku, a Japanese pottery firing technique; and participate in an Invitational Art Show featuring a wide array of artists and media that will be shared with New Trier students.
Dance: Students will dance with professionals from around the world. They will explore hip-hop with Katie Kempen, Bollywood Dance with New Trier alum and rising star Nikhil Saboo and contemporary dance with Artistic Director of Evolving Doors Dance Angie Simmons; experience Modern Technique with Alyssa Motter; participate in a full day of rehearsals and then discuss dance practices, careers in dance and creating/collaborating on making dance theatre works with with REdance group; participate in a modern dance workshop with New Trier alum Christina Gonzalez-Gillett; explore partnering/contact with Alberto and Tiami (Hedwig Dance Company); engage in a contact improvisational workshop with Chicago dancer Rob Welcher; and take part in Menz Dance classes led by alum Justin Durham. Advanced students will perform original choreography in a professional theater in Chicago.
Music: Vocal artist and educator Kim Nazarian from New York Voice will conduct a day of workshops with various choirs. Ron Carter, legendary jazz educator, will lead clinics for jazz students. NTFAA will also support the 35th Annual New Trier Jazz Festival, which hosts about 50 visiting high school and middle school jazz ensembles from around the country and Canada. Students will spend the day performing for world-renowned jazz clinicians, attending workshops and master classes and taking in concerts. This year's headliner will be "Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra."
Media, Speech & Theatre: Students will participate in a comedy writing workshop led by members of Chicago's Second City; work with R & D Choreography in a stage combat workshop; and explore the history and style of Kabuki and Commedia dell arte with Chicago actor and educator George Keating. NTFAA also supported the Trevian Invitational Debate tournament, in which over 250 students from 14 states competed in three days of policy debate. New Trier debaters volunteered at the event.
In addition, NTFAA will support students with confidential financial assistance to attend a variety of trips sponsored by the arts departments. Members of the Concert Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Theatre students will travel to New York City to see three productions and participate in workshops and master classes. Advanced art students will explore glass art in Corning, N.Y.
Dozens of New Trier arts students will also immerse themselves in a variety of programs thanks to NTFAA's Summer Scholarship program, which awarded 53 scholarships for the summer of 2017.