The Arts at FCS
At Friends' Central, we believe the arts have the power to inspire change both internally and externally.
Art is a universal language of expression that surrounds us, offering unique views into society, history, and the human condition. At Friends' Central, we believe the arts have the power to inspire change both internally and externally. The diverse visual and performing arts courses and co-curricular activities that we offer provide students with the tools necessary to understand what they experience, express themselves, and make informed decisions. Visual arts offerings in an assortment of mediums and styles range from applied arts to fine arts. Music offerings provide opportunities for students to listen to, create, and/or perform. The drama program includes both modern and classical instruction with students beginning to participate in class plays in Lower School and frequently partaking in additional varied opportunities to contribute to exciting productions both behind the scenes and onstage in Middle School and High School.
Opportunities for students to listen to, create and/or perform music depending on their personal interests
All students are invited to participate either onstage or behind the scenes in any of the three plays produced each year.
Visual arts offerings range from applied arts to fine arts.
We teach students to respond to and appreciate the arts from a range of cultures while providing opportunities to exercise their own creativity. We encourage every student to discover their individual artistic voice and to collaborate within performing ensembles to further the acquisition of skills while honing critical thinking. Students emerge confident, capable, curious, well rounded, and expressive from their interactive arts experiences both in and out of the classroom.
For the second consecutive year, Friends' Central senior Kristen Johnson was selected to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 11 Orchestra Festival, which took place at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School from January 10-12, 2019, with a special concert performed on Saturday, January 12.
Circlesinging and World Music Drumming have several things in common: they are creative, collaborative, and accessible approaches to music and storytelling, and FCS music teacher Michele Zuckman has studied both through Friends' Central's Farraday Stipend program.
During the month of April, a number of Friends’ Central students performed in one of the most prestigious concert venues in the World: New York’s Carnegie Hall.