Philosophy & Program
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at The Agnes Irwin School is the home for Studio Arts, Media Arts, Photography, Theater, Music (vocal and instrumental) and Dance. Each discipline has built a rich and cohesive program through which students discover their abilities, hone their talents and perfect their skills. As one of the three A’s – Academics, Athletics and Arts – at AIS, the Visual and Performing Arts are as integral to a student’s daily schedule as the arts are to daily life. Led by a faculty of juried visual artists, published playwrights, professional musicians, dancers, actors and technicians, the Visual and Performing Arts Department strives to identify and nurture the artist in each and every student. (Above video created and provided by Molly Clark '15.)
Why The Arts?
The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They foster creativity, build bridges between cultures and unite us regardless of ethnicity, religion or age. Universally, the arts are a source of comfort in times of stress and sorrow. Additionally, the arts foster the skills sought by employers in the 21st century workplace, including creativity, problem-solving and conceptual and critical thinking. Those strengthening their connection to the arts often have a competitive advantage in all professional fields.