“I think New York will… look like a real hustling city, just like in the movies. It will feel like something I’ve never felt before, because every time you travel, nothing is ever the same. I am hoping it smells and tastes like traditional American pizza.”- Lily Balsom, Year 10
Guggenheim Museum. Chelsea Art district. MOMA. Broadway. Central Park. Citi Field. NBC Studios. 911 Memorial. Hip Hop in Harlem. Empire State Building.
Just some of the sights to be seen in New York this July by 12 of our students as they embark on the school’s inaugural New York arts tour.
As well as providing an unforgettable learning experience outside the classroom, the feast of culture will open students’ eyes to how the arts, including literature, visual arts and drama, sit in a global context.
“We will be doing backstage tours, a graffiti tour of Brooklyn and Queens, a 911 workshop and memorial. It will push students’ boundaries and knowledge and help them develop confidence and resilience,” said Art teacher Leona Buxton who is leading the tour with Maths teacher Jackie Webb.
Alongside art and culture, the tour will deepen literature students’ knowledge of JD Salinger’s classic novel The Catcher in the Rye – widely considered the first book that exemplifies the young adult fiction genre – as they walk in the footsteps of character Holden Caulfield.
“It’s quite a challenge to read – the protagonist has suffered a terrible emotional loss and no one has really helped him deal with it. But he is a very flawed character – students are always divided about whether they want to save him or tell him to get a grip! It provokes some excellent discussion,” said English teacher Sue Wood.
Students will be contributing to a public blog of their travels, exploring topics like ‘9-11 – What happened?’, ‘The history of graffiti in New York’ and ‘Baseball and America’. Follow the blog at acgtauranganytour.weebly.com or check out the group’s Instagram updates: www.instagram.com/acg_tga_ny_arts_tour/