PS 250 showcased their students’ talents in their 15th Annual Night of the Arts: an exhibition of decorative, cultural, and martial arts with a STEAM expo. Before the stage show started the cafeteria was filled with student created art: paintings, sculptures of shoes, dolls made of spoons, and the results of the Bridge Project in which teaching artists from Marquis Studios guided the students in physical bridge building. The STEAM expo shared this space with activities led by STEAM teachers Mr. Ortega and Ms. Rivera with St. Nicks Alliance’s after-school, and others.
The stage show started with delights of song (“Count on Me” and “Opportunity”) and drama (a presentation of “Where the Wild Things Are” with spectacularly inventive costumes). These vignettes demonstrated the skills passed on via PS 250’s chorus teacher, Kathryn Tejada and Broadway Bound Kids teaching artist, Melanie Harrison. Afterward, Beijing Opera and ribbon dances harkened to this school’s Mandarin dual language program; these were led by teaching artists Qing-feng Li and Yu-xia Liu. There was also a thrilling exhibition of Capoeira with percussion accompaniment via the teaching artists from Capoeira Luanda. The Chinese arts and Capoeira Luanda are part of the Symphony Space residency at PS 250.
Principal RoseAnn LaCioppa conveyed how proud she was of the students’ performance and remarked on level of difficulty they had to overcome. Evelyn Cruz from Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez’s office was in attendance.