Visual and Performing Arts
In every culture, the Fine Arts teach us much about every historical period through its literature, visual arts, music, dance, and drama. We recognize that to be truly well educated one must not only learn to appreciate the arts, but must have rich opportunities to actively participate in creative work.
The visual arts provide unique insights into the nature and history of mankind. Through the arts we are able to see both the individual and universal characteristics of human beings across cultural and historical epochs.
Every student in Newport News Public Schools deserves a comprehensive education. Music and theatre education isn't reserved for a few talented pupils, but is made available to our entire student body. Everyone can benefit from the study of music and theatre!
The Summer Institute for the Arts offers an intensive six-week program in dance, theatre arts, music, and visual arts each summer. Students are selected by a panel of area artists and educators on the basis of written applications, auditions, review or portfolios, and interviews.
NNPS named a Best Community for Music Education
Newport News Public Schools is recognized as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. NNPS is one of 476 school districts across the country recognized for its music education program; and one of only two on the Peninsula. The designation recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum. Read more...
Congratulations to our Teachers of the Year!
Our Outstanding Teachers for 2016:
- Courtney Balingit, Art Teacher, Palmer Elementary
- Heidi Bogan, Art Teacher, Sanford Elementary
- Pete Mercier, Music Director, Menchville High School