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Visual & Performing Arts

Mission Statement

Norwalk Public Schools is committed to providing all students with a quality Arts Education through equity of opportunity and quality instruction.

Vision Statement

Norwalk Public Schools aim to educate the whole child by providing an Arts Education experience that is robust, rigorous, innovative, multicultural and authentic.  Arts Education learning is reflective of our diverse community and offers the opportunity for a wide array of options for the Visual and Performing Arts.  Through our culturally rich work in the arts, we aim to inspire all students to create, innovate and explore while developing artistic literacy, critical thinking skills and the ability to successfully collaborate, all essential skills in the 21st century.  By teaching and emphasizing artistic process over the product we take a learner-centered approach to art-making. We believe the study of the arts enriches the social, emotional and aesthetic growth of each student.  The benefits of our strong Arts Education approach develop students’ self-esteem, and makes their learning authentic, setting the foundation for life long appreciation for the arts.

Arts Education in Norwalk Public Schools is taught through skills-based instruction. All elementary students take visual art, general music, chorus, strings and band. Students are then allowed to follow their personal artistic path through electives in middle and high school. Norwalk also shares a strong passion for integrated arts curriculum and many schools focus on active learning through the arts and provide opportunities for our students to engage with and experience more fully their class curriculum.