by Emnete Abraham '19
Since classes began in September, many of the student government boards have been itching to kick their plans for this year into high gear. Under NCS’s new Arts Board President Bo Moukdarath ’19, things are going to get a lot more active and a lot more collaborative. From open mics to coloring time to newsletters, Arts Board plans to have a busy year… but they don’t just want to put their plans into action; they want your input and participation too.
Kicking things off (by popular demand) is the open mic on October 25, where students from both NCS and STA have the chance to showcase their talents. If you sing, dance, rap, play an instrument, or perform spoken word or poetry, the open mic is a lax opportunity to do so in front of fellow students and a teacher or two. For other students, the open mic is an opportunity to cheer your classmates on while enjoying a slice of pizza or a cookie.
Furthermore, Arts Board took demands for them to be more active in student life to heart. They’ve begun a newsletter too, not only to keep students informed of their plans for each month, but also to make students aware of their classmates’ performances and showcases, inside and outside of school. Starting with the Inktober challenge at the beginning of the month (stated in the newsletter), they encouraged NCS students to draw something in pen every day and submit their work for a small prize at the end of the month. Also in the newsletter was a new initiative—artists of the month. Every month, Arts Board chooses a performing and visual artist and recognizes them and their work in the newsletter. October’s artists of the month are Maggie Wang ’19 (for her self-choreographed solo performance in Cathedral) and Vicky Wang ’20 (for her paintings displayed in Hearst).
In an effort to be more active, Arts Board is also collaborating with other boards and clubs. On Friday, November 16, come to the Film Club and Arts Board collaborative movie night in the black box theater at NCS. There is also a collaboration with the Gender and Sexuality Alliance club in the works; more details to come later in the year.
Finally, the senior representatives have reserved a co-curricular period for an educational art presentation (happening in December). With all of these occurring in just the first semester of the year, it is clear that Arts board is just getting started. If you have a suggestion, feel free to email arts board president Bo Moukdarath or add a note in the Student Government suggestion box!