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Devon Elementary School Cultural Arts Program Guide


Each year, the DES PTO Cultural Arts Committee arranges and sponsors programs to enhance our students’ experience of arts, culture, literature, history and science through live performances and interactive workshops.  Selected with input from faculty and staff, the programs are designed to enrich the curriculum and provide exposure to a range of subjects and artistic expression.  The Cultural Arts budget is funded by our Annual PTO fundraising efforts including the “Parent Social.”


October  10th


Grade 1:

9:30AM – LGR


The Franklin Institute – How to Build a Storm: The Weather Show

Lightning, twisters and hail, oh my! This show reveals the science of weather… to the extreme.  Where does our weather come from and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We’ll make a cloud, explore lightning and thunder… and even create snow!  We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate the power of a tornado!


October 13th


Tentative Schedule


9:00 – Gr. K-2

10:00 – Gr. 3-4


(45 Minute Assemblies)

Visiting Author – Greg Mone

Greg Mone is a novelist, science journalist, speaker and New York Times Bestselling author. As a magazine writer, he has covered artificial intelligence, robots, physics and biology for magazines like Popular Science and Discover. His popular books include Fish; Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on the Titanic; The Wages of Genius and The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve. He also worked with the author of The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown, on adapting and editing the text for a young reader adaptation of the book.  Greg is currently collaborating with Bill Nye the Science Guy on a middle grade series of science themed mystery/adventure books called Jack and the Geniuses. The first in the series Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World has been on the New York Times Best Seller list since coming out to rave reviews on April 4th.  The second in the series, In the Deep Blue Sea: Jack and the Geniuses Book #2, is due out in September.

November 3rd


Grade 3:

9:15 AM – Cafeteria

Workshops follow in LGR

The Bee Man –”Dancin’ with the Honeybees”

Cliff Wright-Sunflower is a master beekeeper, environmental educator, storyteller and performer. Using honeybees as his focus, Cliff teaches concepts, facts and ideas about the Ecology of the natural world through this assembly/workshop program. He uses storytelling, poetry, prose, puppetry, music, dance and participatory theatre followed by the “Bee Touch Me Museum” lab program to reinforce the science concepts presented in the main assembly.

November 15th



9:00 – Gr. K-2

10:00 – Gr. 3 & 4


(45 Minute Assemblies)

Ball in the House

Ball in the House is five guys, five voices, that’s it.  Taking a cappella to the next stage, with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, they create a sound that’s hard to believe.  BitH has performed in schools all around the country, as well as opened for major acts and recorded the music for the Cool Whip commercials.  Their program is jam-packed with music, entertainment, and education.  BitH bridges the gap between music taught in school and the popular music students hear on the radio, integrating the harmony of a cappella music into a contemporary popular format.

December 6th



Grade 3

·         45 minute sessions beginning at 9am

Allegany River Indian Dancers

The Allegany River Indian Dancers are a Native American dance group that showcases the traditional songs and dances of the Iroquois. The general performances incorporate many aspects of Native American culture. The Seneca language and culture pertaining to the origin of the songs and dances are shared in the program narratives. All performers wear traditional Native American regalia. All the music is performed live. The show is as educational as it is entertaining. Some of the highlights of the show include the Iroquois Smoke dance, a very fast contest dance. The Hoop dance is also featured. The dancer uses hoops to make various designs and shapes to represent birds, animals and themes from nature in this beautiful storytelling dance.

December 22nd



AM: 10:30AM – LGR

PM:  12:30PM – LGR

Mother Goose – Alphabet Rhymes

Traditional nursery rhymes recited by Mother Goose herself!  Kindergarteners hear a rhyme for each letter of the alphabet and work on phonemic awareness. Students participate in story and action rhymes, and Mother Goose always brings along her stuffed goose for the children to pet!

January 23rd


Grade 2

Full Day Workshops-LGR

·         30 minute sessions beginning at 9:00 AM

Chinese Celebration

Master Hou-Tien Cheng, Master Paper Cutter

Dressed in a traditional Chinese robe and hat, Master Cheng will demonstrate the amazing and ancient art of Chinese Paper Cutting by creating a work for each of our 2nd graders.  The art of paper cutting dates back to the Han Dynasty in the 6th century when paper was invented. Red cut-outs added color to snow-covered landscapes and cutouts were also used as patterns for intricate needle and lacquer work.



January 25th

Grade 4



9 AM

2 PM

(60 minute assemblies)


Large Group Room:

3 50-minute workshops beginning at 10am


National Constitution Center: Traveling History and Civic Programs


Bill of Rights – Learn about the Bill of Rights and its creation during a high-energy game show where students will answer questions about American freedoms. First Amendment – This fast-paced game show explores freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. Students will learn about Americans who stood up for their First Amendment rights and changed our country in the process. History Detectives Workshop – Learn about what life was like in America during the 1800s and 1900s. Students will use primary source documents and objects to become history detectives.


March 12



9:00 – Gr. K-2

10:00 – Gr. 3 & 4


(45 Minute Assemblies)

Spring Delta Block Booking:  Villalobos Brothers

Villalobos Brothers have been acclaimed as one of today’s leading Contemporary Mexican ensembles. Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully blend and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. The Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awaken the senses and mesmerize the listener.

March 19-23


All Grades

Art Goes to School

AGTS is an art appreciation program that aims to encourage art appreciation at the elementary school level. Its goal is to enrich students through exposure to art and to motive them to become interested in art through all its forms and periods. Volunteers visit elementary school classrooms to lead a discussion of art in a fun and interesting manner by asking questions to elicit thoughts, ideas, and comments from the students about a group of art reproductions.

Week of May 7th


All Grades

Arts Express Week 2017: Theme – Dance

The 28th Anniversary of Devon Elementary Arts Express Week!

Artists in Residence –

Co-chairs: Tricia Jennings, Marissa Campbell, and Kate Miller

June TBD


All Grade Assembly

9:30 AM – Cafeteria

Last Day Celebration: TBD


To learn more about DES Cultural Arts and how to get involved, please contact:

Christina Arnault       

Mary Ellen O’Donnell