Our planet is currently hurtling on an unwavering trajectory toward mass extinction. And while every day we accrue more information and data, more facts, figures, and charts explaining how this is happening and what the consequences are, we curiously cannot seem to invest ourselves fully in slowing the process down. Perhaps this is because data and information reinforce the very construct that is at at the root of the problem -- our anthropocentric approach to planet.
Dalton Dance teachers and alums made a long journey to Tambacounda, Senegal, West Africa in early 2018 to join an artistic, agricultural and cultural center named "Thread." Director Nick Murphy collaborated with filmmaker Josh Izenberg to create a beautiful short video, released early this summer and included in the story details below.
Middle and High School Music Teachers Jazz Glenn Makos and David Morgan led Dalton music students to perform in the Honors Jazz Band concert of the Independent School Music Association of NYC. The MS and HS Honors bands were composed of students from multiple independent NYC schools and featured four Dalton students selected from student auditions.
The two classes of Architecture I students went on the annual all-day field trip to the World Trade Center site organized by Architecture and Visual Arts Teacher Emily Wilson. The Architecture I students had a private tour of the Skyscraper Museum and gave presentations on their research projects of early NYC skyscrapers.
Every year, Dalton students submit artworks and various forms of writing to the NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards achieving outstanding results. 2018 was no exception, with six Gold Keys and eight Silver Keys awarded in Art, and seven Gold Keys and ten Silver Keys in Writing categories. 67 students in all won awards including 35 Honorable Mentions.