Creativity in the Time of Covid–August 9, 2021

The VPA Prepares for a New Year

As the 2021-22 school year approaches, we in the VPA would like to thank all of our veteran families and ongoing supporters, as well as welcome a new group of aspiring artists and their families. These have been unprecedented times and we are grateful for your continued faith in arts and arts education.

This year, we will bring in 120 new students to the Visual and Performing Arts program. This is an enormous group, especially given the fact that we were unable to engage in our traditional means of recruitment, including campus visits, inviting youth to live performances, and our annual roadshow.

In spite of beleaguering times, we are heartened by the power of the arts to heal and to bring people together. We look forward to discovering new ways of bringing expression into the world. We look forward to connecting with each other and others through our art.

From the entire VPA to all of our supporters–whether students, families, donors or patrons–thank you, from the bottom of our “art.” <3

Incoming Students Exude Excitement at Meet n’ Greet

Ms. Abrahamson (that’s me!) addresses the crowd at the Meet n’ Greet. Photo by Greg Rumph.

After a year of Zoom interviews, digital auditions, and distanced tours, the VPA kicked off the new year with the annual Meet n’ Greet event (live and in person!) on Aug. 6. Our new families learned all about our VPA staff, VPA expectations for parents and students, and got a glimpse of our exciting season.

If you were not able to attend the Meet n’ Greet, please view this video for information shared during that time.

Families, we are looking forward to a fantastic new year, even with COVID cases rising, and will do all we can to help nurture the success of our aspiring artists.

Communication is Key to Success!

Use the remind texting app for the most instant communication.

Our VPA Meet n’ Greet emphasized the importance of communication. This year, we’re using our REMIND cohort text groups to facilitate quick communication. The codes have changed, so please be sure to update your phones:

  • Freshmen (and parents/guardians of freshmen): text @vpa09-2025 to 81010
  • Sophomores (and parents/guardians of sophomores): text @vpa10-2024 to 81010
  • Juniors (and parents/guardians of juniors): text @vpa11-2023 to 81010
  • Seniors (and parents/guardians of seniors): text @vpa12-2022 to 81010

Parents, please sign up using your name, with your students’ name in parentheses so we can easily sort you and ensure you do not get irrelevant messages.

You can also like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @bookervpa.

Remember, Nancy Wachendorf and Rebecca Abrahamson are always available for your questions, comments, and ideas. Call or email us any time.

Finally, this newsletter, which will be published weekly, will give you a glimpse of all-things-VPA, so be sure to read weekly to follow the latest. You should normally receive it in your inbox on Sunday mornings.

Here’s to a tremendous year…

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