Art’s Alive at LSA!

Unlike during my time in high school more than a half century ago, New York State now mandates one year of study in visual arts, music, drama, and/or dance as a graduation requirement. A brief rationale for this is recounted in “How the Arts Benefit Your Children Academically and Behaviorally,” an article by Grace Chen published in Public School Review this past September. She cites research which indicates that students involved in the arts “outperformed their peers by a wide margin” and “studies have shown that the arts have a positive influence on student behavior and school climate….”

I am pleased and proud to confirm that art education has a prominent place in La Salle Academy’s curriculum and our men have benefitted from this program for decades! Isaac Duncan III ’92 earned his BFA from University of Notre Dame and now owns Duncan Sculpture & Services, where he creates large scale sculpture and fabrication projects. Jordan Pastor ’13 received his degree in marketing from Sacramento State and is now a frequent attraction at Comic Cons and anime conventions nationwide where he showcases his digital artwork. José Gonzales ’20 matriculated to the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology and is on track to earn his BFA in May 2024.

We have an entire gallery of alumni who have benefited from the art curriculum we provide at La Salle Academy, and we want to continue nurturing our current aspiring artists, too. Will you contribute to our #GivingTuesday goal of $5,000 to benefit art education at La Salle Academy?

Your generosity will help us purchase cameras for budding photographers, software for developing graphic artists, sketch pads, canvases, paints, brushes, pastels, and clay – yes, we have a kiln and offer an elective course in ceramics! Visit our website to donate online, text LSAART to 71777 from your cell phone, or mail a check made payable to La Salle Academy to my attention at 215 E 6th Street, New York, NY 10003.

Join us in encouraging our students to open their eyes to new ways to express themselves.

Gratefully, with prayers and best wishes,

Brother Thomas P. Casey, FSC

P.S. Art’s alive! You can keep it vibrant for La Salle students by feeding it with your donation. Make your year-end gift to La Salle Academy today!