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New York City is one of the art capitals of the world and Poly’s partnerships with artists and institutions bring creative inspiration and energy directly to our students and community. Through these partnerships, we are able to enhance and showcase the colorful and energetic world of arts through performances, hands-on learning, collaborations with artists, and more.
Engaging with professional artists, composers, dancers, filmmakers, and more, are an integral experience of the arts at Poly. Meet some of our arts partners:
The Elizabeth Streb Extreme Action partnership is an exciting opportunity for all 5th grade students. Each trimester, students learn and practice with the athletic and acrobatic dancers of Streb at their Williamsburg SLAM studio at a customized workshop and have two on-campus instructional sessions at our own Dyker campus.
Teens from CORA Dance rehearse and perform on Poly’s Dyker campus. Their company’s mission is to foster common ground among diverse people, allowing all involved—artists, students, audiences, and community members—to connect more deeply with one another through the arts.
Each year, a Brooklyn-based artist works closely with faculty and students to help develop the creation of a new work in the artist’s oeuvre, offering us the unique opportunity to experience the creative process and the power of art to engage our community.
Our inaugural artist-in-residence was alumna Jill Sigman ’85 in spring 2019. Her installation, “The Living Room” was made of discarded materials found on the Dyker campus and became a space for classes, speaker events, and community gatherings that explored a variety of topics including sustainability, questions about belonging, immigration, and the history of the land on which Poly is built. Sarah E. Brook is the 2020 artist-in-residence.
The Brooklyn Museum arts partnership is a schoolwide initiative. Students in each division visit the museum and work with curators and educators, observing and critiquing the histories and themes on view through discussion, critical writing, and artmaking.
On the Dyker Heights campus, student artwork in our last exhibition grappled with themes presented by museum artworks. Students provided their artful contributions and depictions of what they identified as underrepresented or missing narratives in the American Art collection while considering both contemporary and historical approaches to art making through a myriad of materials including painting, drawing, photography, collage, and fiber art.
Poly’s theater screened the star studded biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, On the Basis of Sex. It was followed by a panel Q&A session with producer (and Poly alum) Robert Cort ’64 and New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood P’04 fielding questions about everything from movie making and Ginsberg’s feedback to women working in law in the 60s and today.
Guest composer Cameron Bossert ’02 will collaborate with the Concert Choir in our inaugural series of commissioned work for Poly’s singers.
Playwright Monica Flory created original short plays for the Lower School Drama classes. Third and fourth grade students performed the original works in their culminating event for faculty and parents.
Playwright and actor Eric Ulloa joined Poly’s star-studded staged reading of 26 Pebbles and made a virtual return to Poly to speak to Upper School students and conduct a masterclass in playwriting during our Virtual Poly experience.