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GFS students perform

a stick dance during an Indian song at the Westport Youth Concert, Music of India.


The Mission of the Westport Public Schools is to prepare all students to reach
their full potential as life-long learners and socially responsible contributors to our global community.
 In order for our  students to become responsible global citizens, then we must provide them with an understanding of the diversity and uniqueness of global cultures. The Arts serves as an integral component of a comprehensive strategy to assist in the development of a context for a global entrepreneurial initiative.


One example of this global initiative is The Westport Youth Concert, performed by Staples High School musicians as well as Middle School and Elementary groups. Themes exploring music and cultures from India and Southern Europe, for example, make connections to curricular threads such as language, literature, art,  geography, dance and of course music. Early in the year a comprehensive Classroom Guide is shared with educators to enable students to immerse themselves in the featured culture of the concert. View past Classroom Guides from India 2019.

Click to watch the 2020 Westport Youth Concert " Music of China"

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For 2021, the concert went virtual. A video series of
"America's Voices," celebrating the diversity of American
musicians, composers and artists was shown to Westport
students Grades 3-5. Click below to view installments
of the week-long series:
Day 1: America's Voices featuring the Amati Chamber Orchestra
Day 2: America's Voices featuring the Staples Jazz Band
Day 3: America's Voices featuring the Stradivarius Chamber Orchestra
Day 4: America's Voices featuring the Staples Winds & Percussion
Day 5: America's Voices featuring the Orphenians
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Above Top: An example of the mandala art created by elementary students in connection with the 2019 Westport Youth Concert, "Music of India." Top Right: A poster announcing the 2020 Westport Youth Concert, "Music of China." Above: In collaboration with the Westport Music Dept., WestPAC installed traveling pop-up Learning Galleries in Westport schools where famous Chinese themed art & photography was displayed. View the presentation proposal here. Right: Chinese lanterns to be displayed at the concert created by elementary students. Far Right: Elementary students work on Ming Dynasty Vase art in preparation for the 2020 concert.
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