Arts Committee

The PS261 Arts Committee!

The PS261 Arts Committee is an advisory group of parents and teachers that support the integration of the arts into the fabric of the school community and curriculum. The committee works with teachers and the administration to support efforts in the classroom, provides resources for arts enrichment for the whole school, and opportunities to involve the greater school community in arts experiences!

Join us for our monthly Tuesday morning meetings at 8:15am in Heather Weston’s office:

September 13, October 18, November 15, December 13

Here’s what we do… 

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We work with each grade level to find arts experiences that enhance classroom studies for integrated arts experiences. This could include a field trip to a dance performance, a multi-week drama residency, or a workshop with the Center for Architecture.

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We work with the Arts Specialists at PS261 to support enhanced arts experiences in the curriculum. This might include organizing special assemblies or artist visits that introduce kids to modern dance, found-object art, or music from around the world, plus organizing fieldtrips to museums or special events around the city.



For the annual PS261 Fall Fest, the Arts Committee creates several booths to give kids and families hands-on experiences with the arts. Our terrifyingly popular Haunted House, figure drawing stage, and photography studio all are supported by amazing parent volunteers. Bring your ideas and helping hands to this great community event.

In March the Arts Committee presents PS261 Arts Day. A school-wide, day-long celebration of the arts – every classroom participates in a workshop with a visiting artist, students experience theater and dance during special arts assemblies, and there are random acts of art throughout the day including all-school art projects. We need artists and general volunteers to make this day happen!

Also in March we host PS261 Got Artists! This annual showcase of student visual art and performative talent features work from the visual art program and the Arabic language and culture program. During the talent show, students who have created an act–dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument, speaking or demonstrating a martial art or similar skill–will have up to two minutes to perform on the auditorium stage.


Last year we began a new partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art <link to:>. Starting with the 3rd grade Arabic curriculum, students visit the Met’s world-renown collection of Islamic Art. Met Educators also work with students in the classroom throughout the year. Special events at the school and at the Met are open to families and the greater PS261 community.



Join us for our monthly Tuesday morning meetings at 8:15am in Heather Weston’s office:

September 13, October 18, November 15, December 13

Email Jess Hamlin to be added to our GoogleGroup and receive upcoming announcements.

Check out our Web site for more information and ways to get involved!