Arts Department Celebrates, Showcases Black History and Culture

Sep 18, 2021


Welcome to Solomon Schechter Day School's Arts Department page, where we proudly celebrate and showcase the rich history and culture of the black community. Our commitment to diversity and inclusivity in education extends beyond textbooks and classroom discussions. Through various arts programs, events, and initiatives, we aim to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for black history and culture.

Explore Black History and Culture with Our Programs

At Solomon Schechter Day School, we offer a comprehensive range of programs that promote the exploration and celebration of black history and culture through the arts. Our dedicated team of educators and artists collaborate to provide students with meaningful experiences that encourage dialogue, creativity, and personal growth.

1. Black History Month Art Exhibition

Every February, in honor of Black History Month, our Arts Department organizes a captivating art exhibition that showcases the works of both renowned and emerging black artists. This exhibition not only highlights the remarkable artistic contributions of black individuals but also serves as a platform for discussions on social justice, equality, and diversity.

2. Performing Arts Shows

Our school regularly hosts performing arts shows that feature black students, community members, and professional artists who bring black history and culture to life through music, dance, and theater. These shows offer a unique opportunity for our students to learn from and be inspired by talented performers while also celebrating the richness and diversity of black artistic expressions.

3. Literary and Poetry Contests

We encourage our students to engage with black literature and poetry through annual contests that celebrate the written word. These contests provide a platform for students to express themselves, learn about influential black authors and poets, and contribute their own voices to the ongoing narrative of black history and identity.

4. Cultural Workshops and Performances

In collaboration with local community organizations and artists, we organize cultural workshops and performances that delve into specific aspects of black history and culture. These hands-on experiences give students the opportunity to actively engage with traditions, music, art, and dance forms that are integral to the black community's heritage.

Events and Initiatives

In addition to our ongoing programs, we hold special events and initiatives throughout the year that are centered around celebrating and showcasing black history and culture.

1. Black History Month Kickoff

To kick off Black History Month, we organize a vibrant event featuring guest speakers, live performances, and interactive exhibitions. This event sets the tone for the month-long celebration and establishes a sense of excitement and inclusivity among our students, faculty, and the wider community.

2. Community Outreach Programs

We understand the importance of reaching beyond our school walls and actively engaging with the wider community. Our Arts Department spearheads community outreach programs that encourage collaboration, dialogue, and engagement with diverse cultural groups. Through partnerships with local organizations, we aim to foster connections and promote unity among different communities.

3. Guest Artist Residencies

We invite notable black artists and performers to lead workshops, lectures, and masterclasses during their residency at our school. These enriching experiences not only provide students with a unique learning opportunity but also foster a deeper appreciation for the transformative power of art within the context of black history and culture.

The Impact of Celebrating Black History and Culture

By actively celebrating and showcasing black history and culture through the arts, we strive to empower our students and foster a welcoming environment where diversity is celebrated and understood. Here are some of the profound impacts we have witnessed:

1. Heightened Cultural Awareness

Through our programs and initiatives, students develop a deeper understanding and respect for different cultures, fostering a more inclusive and accepting worldview. By immersing themselves in the vibrant traditions and narratives of the black community, students develop an appreciation for the rich fabric of human history.

2. Nurturing of Creativity

The arts provide a unique avenue for students to explore their own creativity and express themselves freely. By incorporating black history and culture into their artistic endeavors, students gain a deeper understanding of their own identities and the world around them, fostering a greater sense of self-confidence and empathy.

3. Cultivation of Empathy and Social Justice Advocacy

Engaging with black history and culture through the arts serves as a catalyst for conversations around social justice and equality. Students become advocates for positive change, challenging biases, and working towards a more equitable society. This cultivation of empathy and activism extends far beyond their time at our school.


At Solomon Schechter Day School, our Arts Department is dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the rich history and culture of the black community. Through our programs, events, and initiatives, we provide students with transformative experiences that foster a deeper appreciation for diversity and inclusivity. Join us as we continue to inspire and empower our students through the arts.

Beth Grever-Krogstad
Great initiative! 👏
Nov 9, 2023