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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




Virtual Summer Arts Program




Visual Arts


Arts Department Video Projects



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.