Students from all of the high school grade levels traveled to New York City to spend the day at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). As part of the HFCSD mission, visiting cultural institutions such as The Met helps develop responsible citizens who possess the knowledge, skills, and values to be successful participants in a global society
Senior Clare Myers said, “We’re so lucky that the school can send us to one of the best museums in the country. The trip was great, and it was amazing to see all of the exhibits that are in the midst of traveling across the globe to different cities and may never be back in the U.S. again.” Clare is graduating in the top ten for the Class of 2017 and hopes to one day visit The Met again.
Emma Ganger-Spivak, another senior, is pursuing a career in art. In the fall, she plans to attend Reed College, pursuing a degree in Art History. Emma said, “It’s always a pleasure to visit art museums during school. The Met is a particular favorite of mine, and although I could never spend enough time there, I greatly enjoyed seeing the visiting exhibit featuring the work of designer Rei Kawakubo. It made me want to learn more about fashion, particularly avant-garde brands like hers.”
Emma is the valedictorian for the Class of 2017 and has been deeply engaged with art through her high school career. This year, Emma has been mentoring elementary students who are part of Art League, an hour-long before-school program in which elementary students learn about art history and generate work of their own. She also assisted with setting up art displays after school.
Teacher Rob Viera, who organized the trip, said, “We are so gracious to be able to extend the Art classroom to one of the largest museums in the world. The students were in awe over the iconic masterpieces they finally got to see first-hand. From Van Gogh to Picasso, they loved every minute of it, and it was tough getting them to leave.”
Students in from the Elementary School also traveled to The Met on a separate trip a few days later. You can view photos of that trip with the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students here: http://www.hoosickfallscsd.org/?p=4641