"I enjoy participating in fine arts at school because participating in fine arts really has me ready for the rest of school because it feels like it stretches your mind and makes you feel calmer. It also feels like a break from the world where you can express yourself."
Gretchen G.9th Grader
"Participation in fine arts has entirely changed what I do and given me the confidence to do things that I probably would not have done otherwise."
James M.11th Grade
"There is a little family inside of each of the fine arts groups, and being "one of the band kids" or "choir kids" or "theater kids" gives you a sense of belonging similar to being in sports or being part of an academic team."
Natalie H.9th Grade
"The fine arts provide many opportunities for things I already care a lot about, and the people create a supportive and welcoming environment. The band, choir, speech, and theater programs are all areas where I feel like my skills are appreciated and encouraged."
Sarah L.11th Grade
"I look forward to fine arts classes every day. I enjoy the non traditional classroom setting because it allows me to partake in activities that I thoroughly enjoy. It is a great outlet for making friends, especially with people from different grades."
Maria S.10th Grade
"I enjoy participating in fine arts at school because participating in fine arts gives me a space where I can be creative and relax. School can be stressful and overwhelming, so my art classes help me express myself and not worry so much about other things going on."
Sophie C.9th Grader
"I feel like participating in the arts allows me to let out all of my emotions so I can focus better and the pressures allow me to sharpen my focus on specific tasks and have a better drive for getting things done. I also am able to have an amazing time with friends while working in the fine arts."
Dennis M.9th Grade
"Mental health for me has been affected by music since I was a child; my parents even sang to me and played music for me before I was born! Art and music in particular have been a huge part of my life for as long as I've existed and they've always helped me control my emotional state, my adhd, and my autism."
Katerina B.11th Grade
"When I create music and art I feel happy because I'm doing my two favorite things. I like art because you can get really creative and create whatever you want."
"I like music because of all the different beats and melodies you can make. When I create art I feel happy, calm and relaxed."
"I love art class because I love to craft."
"I love art because you learn to draw stuff and I like to free draw."
"When I create art I feel calm and happy. I like art class because you can be creative and cool!"
"I like music because I can share my voice. When I create music I feel like I can do anything."
"I love art class because I can make stuff. When I create art I feel happy."