Sponsored for the 2017/2018 School Year by the Kirkpatrick Foundation
Directed by Professor Kelly Chaves
A visual and performing arts program designed to instill and promote an appreciation of the arts in OSSM students, including classes in specialized areas of art, music, theatre, photography and dance.
OSSM students are totally immersed in studies that are academically years ahead of a normal high school curriculum. They are focused, competitive, and devoted to academic excellence. The Fine Arts program at OSSM gives students relief from the rigors of their academic schedule and teaches them that, though they might not pursue careers in the arts, they can be patrons of the arts throughout their lives.
With the help of private partners, OSSM students are able to enroll in a Fine Arts class for one or more semesters each year as required for graduation. Many take Fine Arts classes every semester. Classes are pre-arranged and include specialized areas of art, music, theatre, photography and dance. Professor Kelly Chaves (Ph.D. in progress, History, U. of New Brunswick; M.A., History, U. of Melbourne; B.A., History and Anthropology (minor in art history and certificate in museum studies), U. of Tulsa.) coordinates OSSM’s Fine Arts classes, hiring expert instructors accomplished in their areas of interest and arranging tickets and transportation to at least two performing arts events and for 4-5 performing artists to appear on campus during the school year.
OSSM’s annual Silent Student Art Auction at the beginning of May provides outstanding student art for sale to the public, with proceeds providing for additional supply and equipment needs beyond the normal program budget.