Cultural Arts Programs

General Information

Each year, the PTA sponsors one or more cultural arts programs at West Lake Elementary. The primary goal of these programs is to expand students’ horizons and stretch their understanding of the world by learning about cultures or perspectives that may be unfamiliar to them.

Historically, West Lake has hosted musical, dance and theatrical performances, writing workshops, storytellers and visual arts workshops. Themes for the cultural arts programs may include American history, cultural awareness, diversity, exposure to music/art/dance, life skills, and character education.  Many of these cultural arts programs are also tied into the common core curriculum.

The United Arts Council (UAC) of Raleigh assembles a pool of approved artists and provides grant funding each year to Wake County schools. West Lake has applied for and received grants to offset a portion of the cost of the programs.

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Bright Star Theaters: Professor Parsnip’s Lab of Healthy Choices.

Description: Wacky Professor Parsnip takes young audiences on an adventure through science–while teaching lessons on how to make good choices in diet, exercise and environment.

Exciting science experiments from the lab of Professor Parsnip reinforce healthy habits and good character traits. Interactive and fun, this year’s production features a variety of brand new and even more impressive science experiments.

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West Lake Elementary Performances:

October 20, 2015 1:00-2:00 PM – Tracks 1 and 3

October 22, 2015 1:00-2:00 PM – Tracks 2 and 4

4th and 5th Grades

Poet in Residence: Mr. Phillip Shabazz

Description: Mr. Shabazz conducts creative writing workshops across North Carolina, and has taught at over 400 schools, conferences, and community centers. Currently, he is a poet-in-the-schools of North Carolina and is affiliated with the NC Arts Council. His poet residency at WLE will include a 5-day visit in which the students will explore lyric and narrative poems and prose.

The workshop writing activities align with grade specific Common Core standards. In the sessions, students receive a poetry packet, hear poems, take notes, write original poems, read them aloud, and receive constructive feedback.

West Lake Elementary Residences:

September 21-25, 2015 – Tracks 3 and 4

October 12-16, 2015 – Tracks 1 and 2