The Department of Fine and Performing Arts provides a comprehensive arts education for all students in the Mineola Union Free School District. We offer an award winning program in music education, visual arts, dramatic arts and dance.
It is our belief, which is codified in the Federal ESSA of 2015, that students deserve a well-rounded education inclusive of study in the arts provided by highly-qualified educators. The arts play a vital role in the development of students; cognitively, physically, emotionally, and socially. Our society is full and rich of the arts, an education in the arts to help students to collaborate, create, think critically, and communicate. These skills will give students the edge they need to succeed in their chosen future.
Above all, we believe that the arts make the world a more beautiful place. We give our students the tools they need to contribute positively to a global (artistic) society.
We invite you to explore our website, which offers information for the various aspects of arts education, and the archives of our department.
"The world is a complicated place, and there's a lot of division between people. The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does." - David Rubenstein
Each year the Art Supervisors Association of Nassau County sponsors an All-County Art Show, held at SUNY Farmingdale. Each art teacher is eligible for three nominations to this prestigious show. Teachers use specific rubrics and guidelines set for ASA to make their nominations in early January; the show is usually on a Sunday in March.
Similar to art, music teachers of students in grades 5+ are eligible (through their membership in NMEA) to nominate students for all-county. Nominations are based on criteria such as NYSSMA Solo Festival Participation and teacher recommendation, and get sent to an NMEA nominating committee who choose students from among each teacher's nominees.
NYSSMA offers "All-State" auditions to the most advanced musicians in 10th and 11th grade (for participation in 11th and 12th grade). Students must perform level 6 solos from the NYSSMA manual. Only the top 4%-8% of students throughout the state are selected. See more information here
Throughout the course of the school year we offer students opportunities to apply for other shows, festivals, concerts, conventions etc. We believe in providing these opportunties for students as it helps to bolster our meetings State and National standards for arts education.