Students expanded their boundaries during our seven-day January Intensive courses by negotiating with delegates from over 70 countries at Model United Nations at Yale University, shooting their own original film or computer animation project, or learning to build a fire or outdoor shelter in the winter outdoors during Harvest survivor.
In Musical Theater, students danced with disciplined abandon to Footloose!. Deeply thoughtful conversations flourished including: “Should we be ‘tough on crime’ [in CORE reading The Condemnation of Little B]?” “What did we see and what did we not see [at a visit to Columbia University]?” “Why do we experience shame and what can we do about it [in a Humans’ discussion on Flowers for Algernon]?”
Students took part in the rich resources of our city including visits to the Rubin Museum, the Museum of Natural History, Chelsea Piers, East Side for Roundtable Presentations (like Gateways), the Museum of the Moving Image, the Metropolitan
Museum, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Rutgers University in New Jersey, and took part in guest workshops from artists of all stripes including a John Jay Professor who connected students by telephone to Mumia Abu-Jamal for questions, and Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art dance that emerged from fighting slavery.
There was a high level of engagement, teacher ingenuity and student creativity on display as students presented their final pieces to the community and gave life to the idea of Creative Contribution. Intensive creates a distinctive memory in the regular patterns of school and helps wake us up to the questions and possibilities of life.
Take a peak at some of the work done by our students!