Sagemont, a Broward County Private School, Breaks Ground for New Arts Center

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Sagemont, a Broward private school, breaks ground for a new Visual and Performing Arts Center on December 3rd. The 10,000 sq. ft center will include two art studios and two sound proof music rooms. Additionally, it will include a 150-seat black box theater.

“We are excited to see this final building added to our Upper School Campus,” states Dr. Brent Goldman.

The Sagemont School located in Weston, Florida has broken ground on a 10,000 square-foot Visual & Performing Arts Center. When it opens at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, this state-of-the-art facility will fill a void at the school known for its exceptional visual and performing arts program. It will feature a 150-seat black box theater, two large art rooms and two sound-proof music rooms.

“We are excited to see this final building added to our Upper School Campus,” states Dr. Brent Goldman, president of The Sagemont School. “It speaks to our goals of promoting the arts on campus as over 50% of our student body participate in visual and performing art programs such as drawing and painting, digital art, drama, concert band, chorus, key boards and more.”

Doris Quintero, Assistant Principal of the Upper School Campus, says the new facility will enhance Sagemont’s extensive offerings in the arts. “Knowing the visual and performing arts building was coming to fruition, Gayle Iacono, Principal of the Upper School Campus, added courses such as AP Music Theory and Rock Band as new electives. In addition, the afterschool clubs offered by our art, music and theater teachers will have an opportunity to grow once the new facility is complete.”

Sagemont’s award-winning theater department will have its very own black box theater to stage its numerous productions. The theater gets its name because the open and flexible performance space features black walls and a black floor. According to Quintero, Sagemont’s black box will have moveable seating and adjustable lighting allowing for flexibility in staging plays, concerts, school assemblies, etc.

“Having a theater on campus opens avenues for curriculum development in this area,” explains Quintero. “Students will be able to develop higher skill levels in technical design and processes in the areas of set and prop construction, lighting, and sound. This technical aspect of theater allows the students who are interested in performing arts, but are not performers, to actively participate with a greater depth in the area they enjoy.”

The Visual & Performing Arts Center will also feature art studios and music rooms. They will be used for Sagemont’s numerous art and music classes such as graphic design, ceramics, jazz band, drum line, keyboard and rock band.

Dr. Goldman believes the addition of this visual and performing arts center to the Sagemont campus will help the school retain and attract students. It is the perfect complement to the school’s stellar reputation for excelling in the arts. Sagemont students have earned numerous awards and accolades including prestigious Cappie Awards for theater productions and top prizes in the Weston Student Artist Showcase.

Although housed on the Upper School Campus, all Sagemont students will benefit from this new facility. Quintero says the Lower School’s annual spring musical will be performed in the new Sagemont Theater.

The Weston community will also benefit from The Sagemont School’s Visual & Performing Arts Center. The school will rent out its facility when the building is not in use. This will enhance Weston’s abilities to offer more performing arts opportunities to the community.

The Sagemont School’s Visual & Performing Arts Center will be located on the Upper School Campus directly across from the Athletic Center. It will open in August 2014.

The Sagemont School offers a college preparatory curriculum and operates two campuses in Weston, Fl. In preschool through the elementary grades, The Sagemont School provides core concepts in a creative environment combined with weekly specials that include science, art, music, Spanish for non-native & native speakers, swimming, PE and media and technology. From middle school through high school graduation, Sagemont students choose from a variety of regular, honors and AP course work. In addition, students share in a networked wireless laptop environment and participate in a comprehensive guidance program for college entrance. Visit The Sagemont School Web site at http://www.sagemont.com/.

For more information on The Sagemont School contact Dr. Brent Goldman, President at (954) 389-2454 ext., 305, or email to bgoldman (at) sagemont (dot) com. To read more stories about The Sagemont School written by Stacey Bomser, go to School News at http://www.ourcityweston.com.

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