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“GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities.”

                                                                               Clifford V. Smith

                                                                               President of the General Electric Foundation


 The Harrison Central School District is proud of the vast portfolio of visual and performing arts programs available to its K-12 student body. The design of the arts program and related co--curricular activities epitomizes the HCSD mission of rigor, equity, adaptability and access for all students. The primary goal of all art-related programs is to cultivate the knowledge and skills necessary to meaningfully engage with the arts, both through direct participation and through viewing and listening. All students:


  • acquire basic literacy through study of the elements of each art form
  • develop skills that allow them to confidently participate in creation of art in a variety of forms
  • build an understanding of the relationship between the arts and the cultures in which they are created
  • strengthen habits of mind including problem-solving, perseverance and collaboration
  • have the opportunity to join a community focused on a common goal
  • gain an awareness of the arts as a means of self-expression and communication

The Harrison Central School District believes that the arts play a key role in the development of a well-rounded individual. Today’s world requires its college students and its work force to be not only intelligent and knowledgeable, but also inventive and imaginative.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, founded by Ronald Reagan in 1982, recently published Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future through Creative Schools. This study states, “For today’s students to be the innovators and economic leaders of the future, they will need to have experiences as musicians and dancers, painters and sculptors, poets and playwrights –– in short, they will need to be creative innovators who will build our nation’s economy for the future. They also will sustain a rich and vibrant culture to nourish the heart and soul of the American people, and to communicate with our neighbors around the globe.”