By Nancy Corbin
Coordinator of Fine Arts
It is an honor and a joy to coordinate the events in the Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Center.
Who wouldn’t love hearing peels of Lower School students’ laughter as a juggler on a unicycle careens around the gallery?
What could be more fun than watching Middle School students spend an hour trying out tap techniques after watching the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble put on a show?
And what visual arts teacher’s heart wouldn’t just about bust with pride when a former student fills the gallery walls with a series of paintings?
Last week Harrison Blackford ‘05 hung an exhibit of colorful and lively landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes, and the entire community turned out for her opening to celebrate her artistic accomplishments.
This week Mrs. Pell’s sixth grade writing classes spent time in the gallery finding inspiration in the imagery.
To complement our wonderful Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Center which opened in September 1999, an endowment was set up to make sure the walls of the building were filled with engaging arts opportunities that went beyond the expertise of the arts faculty.
The Dent Arts Endowment produces exciting, fun and enriching performances, exhibits and artist residencies for our students.
A few days ago our third and fourth grade students viewed The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte production of New Kid, a empathy inducing play about what it feels like to be thrust in a situation where you do not speak the language all around you.
In October, music historian and gifted musician Scott Ainslie will present Before Rock ‘n’ Roll for all Upper School students and then hang around after lunch to spend time with Mr. Barnes’ Concert Band students.
Later in the year under the direction of Hawk Hurst, Middle School students, over the course of three days, will turn gourds and bamboo into musical instruments.
The Dent Arts Enrichment Endowment produced $34,700 this year and provides seven resident artists along with more than two dozen exhibits and performances. All without spending one tuition dollar! The Dent Arts Endowment is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
I feel the loving embrace of Mildred Harrison Dent at every event we host, and I swear the very walls of this building smile upon us and radiate good vibrations. Mrs. Dent loved children, the arts and the Spartanburg Day School. What a fitting memorial.