Performing & Fine Arts

Welcome to the creative world of the Arts  

At Herrera, ALL students have the opportunity to express themselves daily through participation in one of several arts-focused core content areas: Dance, Drama, Choral Instrumentation, Instrumental Music, Visual Arts, and Physical Education. The arts allow students to express themselves and their understanding of the world in creative ways. The arts help students build connections that deepen learning in all other content areas. 

Herrera Arts Mission and Vision:  

WE INSPIRE ALL STUDENTS TO CREATE, ACT, PLAY, SING, DANCE AND READ! 

  • We strive to collaborate through cross-curricular activities in all academic areas to create a multi-talented culture.  
  • We are a Community of professional artists/educators actively practicing our crafts, providing a well-rounded education for all students.  
  •  We are an inclusive public arts school specializing in dance, visual art, theatre, band, orchestra, choir, physical education and media arts.  
  • We are Teaching students to participate in and appreciate the arts in order to prepare for high school and participate in the arts community.  

 Arts in the early grades (K-4) focus on awareness and exposure to different art forms. A few examples of arts in the early grades include: 

  • Visual art, instrumental music (piano and mallets) are introduced as early as kindergarten 
  • Instrumental music is introduced and students participate and/or view student performances 
  • Culturally rich dance, instrumental and vocal music, as well as visual art, are presented throughout the grade levels 

Herrera fifth-eighth grade students serve as academic and artistic role models for their fellow students in kindergarten through grade four. Our middle school students begin to identify specific interests in a particular art focus and we provide them the opportunity to explore that focus more in-depth. 5th – 8th grade students have several elective courses to choose from: 

  • Visual art 
  • Choral music 
  • Band, Orchestra 
  • Dance 
  • Theatre  
  • Physical education

“Creativity is intelligence having fun!”
~ Albert Einstein

 

The arts are important for child development and have a very positive impact on cognitive and physical development, as well as reducing anxiety and stress.  For more information, please visit https://exploringyourmind.com/importance-art-child-development/

 

At Herrera School, we don’t consider art a luxury. We know that it is an essential building block for child development. For more information, please visit https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/the-importance-of-art-in-child-development