Recognizing Albany High’s artists
ALBANY, N.Y. (May
3, 2018) – The creative minds of
Albany High School’s art students have been hard at work perfecting
their craft this spring. Through a variety of field trips, guest
artists, community partnerships and competitions, the students and staff
have been busy immersing themselves in all things artistic.
Most recently, Albany High sophomore Julianna
Di Cioccio and junior Manuela Rowena Jimenez brought home first and
second place respectively at the seventh annual Building Communities
Youth Art Contest on April 22, a partnership between the Albany Barn and
Albany County District Attorney’s Office. The contest challenged middle
and high school students across Albany County to create artwork
highlighting beauty in their community, and Di Cioccio and Jimenez
earned the top two distinctions.
On April 18, 44 Albany High students traveled
to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary art (Mass MoCA) for a
firsthand look at the “Examining Truths" exhibition. The tour allowed
students to examine artwork as a means to assess their own assumptions
about what makes something “true.” The trip was funded by Mass MoCA, and
following the tour students participated in an art-making session to
process and respond to the exhibitions and tour content.
Albany High also flexed its artistic muscles
at Bethlehem High School’s Media Arts Festival on April 13, with 18
students entering a variety of works at the creative event celebrating
film, graphic arts, photography, electronic music, 3-D and web design.
In addition to their work in the field,
students and staff have also hosted community partners in their
classrooms at Albany High. During the week of April 9, students welcomed
RPI along with students from Abrookin Career and Technical Center’s
Cosmetology Program for a unique interdisciplinary project on the art of
corn-row braiding. Albany High also hosted a visit from Becky Brown of
the Millay Colony for the Arts, a residency program and artists’ center
located in Austerlitz.
All of these engaging opportunities and more
have been organized under the direction of Albany High’s dedicated Art
Department staff—Kristine Monahan, Debbie Cronin, Diana Del Giudice,
Ashleigh Johns, Diana Jordan, Kayla Ramundo, Thea Resila and Theresa
Story—along with City School District of Albany Fine Arts Supervisor
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The mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
more than 9,600 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In
addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet
schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities
for students, including four themed academies
at Albany High School.