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The Department of the Arts


Office of the Department of the Arts and Community Relations

Ruth Breidenbach, Director of Arts and Community Relations

Sonia Brown, Secretary Office of the Arts and Community Relations




International Day of Non-Violence and The 151st Anniversary of the Birth of Mahatma Gandhi

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 NYS Learning Standards for the Arts




Visual Arts


Arts Department Video Projects



Atkinson’s Collaborative Chorus Project Celebrates Peace and Hispanic Heritage Month

Atkinson School Choral teachers, Ms. Arnell and Ms. Valonzo created a collaborative choral video to celebrate peace and Hispanic Heritage month. Fifth and sixth grade chorus members performed a special arrangement of “I’d like to Teach the World to Sing.” To create the video the chorus students participated in remote instruction and then submitted individual recordings of themselves singing lyrics in English and Spanish. The chorus members also submitted photos demonstrating messages of peace for all. To view the virtual project click the link below.

Preview - Summer 2020 Virtual Arts Program – Jump In

Summer 2020 Virtual Arts Program – Jump In

Saturday Night Live with Alan Zweibel

Whose Line is it Anyway? with Colin and Brad

HBO and WarnerMedia with Guy and Kasia

Freeport takes summer arts program virtual

In previous years, the Freeport School District’s summer arts program has been extremely popular among students and this year is no exception. More than 175 students have enrolled in the district’s virtual summer arts program, where they will participate in several real-time virtual meetings with celebrities, writers and directors, virtual field trips, lessons, and more.

Teachers will be using Google Classroom and Google Meets, along with Flipgrid, Spark, SmartMusic, Sight Reading Factory and Google Draw to implement lessons that align with New York State learning standards for the arts. The learning standards include performing, creating, responding and connecting through music and art. Students have registered for three classes, including their ensemble and two electives in media, visual, dance or theatre arts.

As part of this year’s exciting summer program, students will have an opportunity to participate in a real-time virtual meeting with costume designer Kasia Walicka Malmone, and production supervisor Gus Gustafson, both from HBO. Organized by Tai Chen Bassin of HBO/Warner Media, students will hear firsthand from these professionals about their knowledge of the TV/Film industry and their own personal experiences. 

Through the collaborative efforts between the school district and Lori Jonas of Jonas Public Relations, students will also virtually spend time with Alan Zweibel, writer from Saturday Night Live and author of “Our Tree Named Steve” and celebrities Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from the popular TV series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” In addition, students will experience an informative webinar presented by the LI Traveling Red Carpet Motion Picture Museum. 

As a way for students to share their artistic talents, students are being asked to design rocks or seashells with inspiring messages of hope and kindness that will be gathered at the end of the summer program to create a one-of-a-kind Kindness Garden as an inspiration to all. Through the summer program’s social emotional learning curriculum, students can also participate in a mindful movement class which will address the needs of students during this time of global matters. The summer virtual arts theme Jump Right In encourages students to make a big splash in this innovative program with confidence.

The district is excited for these new opportunities students will explore through virtual education.



FHS Students Virtually Meet HBO Production Team

Freeport High School students and Department of Arts teachers participated in an interactive live Google meet session where they had the unique opportunity of meeting members of the production team from the new HBO series “The Gilded Age.”

During the session, they met Robert Shaw (bio), Holly Rymon (bio) and Sally Harvey (bio). These dynamic speakers shared their individual journeys in the TV/Film industry with inspirational themes of hard work, good attitude and developing interpersonal skills. This collaborative project was organized by Tai Chen Bassin and Pam Hacker of HBO/WarnerMedia, Brandon Ray of ATT, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, and district Director of Arts and Community Relations Ruth Breidenbach.

The district had over 75 students from grades 9-12 and 12 teachers that represent the art, music, audio visual and acting classes participate in the live discussion, which concluded with a question and answer portion. All were engaged in this E-learning platform, with 88 attendees.

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Best Community For Music Education

The district has once again been named Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for 2020. 

 The prestigious award program honors the outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a Freeport education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. 

“Our talented, amazing students spread joy and inspiration whenever they perform,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “Freeport Public Schools is dedicated to educating the whole child. We are proud to once again receive the designation of Best Community in Music Education. This award recognizes our commitment to supporting a successful music program and the dedication of our staff and students.”

Director of Arts and Community Relations Ruth Breidenbach stated. “Our music team is the most progressive and innovative in the field and creates opportunities for unique experiences,” she continued. “Our student musicians are ambassadors of the district when they perform in our village, county, state, region and nation. We share great pride in this consecutive recognition of being NAMM Best Community in Music Education 2020.”


The Art of Earth Day E-Learning

The district’s elementary visual art teachers introduced an underwater sea life unit for kindergarten to sixth grade students in honor of Earth Day.

The lessons included a virtual trip to the Georgia Aquarium where they observed live webcam footage of various habitats. This e-learning experience demonstrated real life scenarios that helped students learn about the sea and its many creatures. The students were able to create descriptive pictures using crayons, markers and pencils to express their knowledge.

The collaborative video presentation featured student works from Columbus Avenue, Archer Street, Bayview Avenue, Leo F. Giblyn, New Visions and Caroline G. Atkinson schools, under the guidance of Ms. Amanda Rodriguez, Ms. Lisa Scarola, Ms. Laurie Kolodny, Ms. Susan Warren, Ms. Nancy Williams, Ms. Emily Hertzberg, and Ms. Eleanor Barry.