RCDS Opens The Cohen Center For The Creative Arts
Rye Country Day School is proud to announce the opening of The Cohen Center for the Creative Arts, which brings together the disciplines to inspire new ways of thinking, collaborating, and innovating.
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On September 14, Alexandra and Steven Cohen joined Headmaster Scott Nelson and President of the Board of Trustees Andrea Sullivan for a ribbon cutting ceremony, officially opening the new building. The generosity of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation's $10 million leadership gift to the Advancing a Tradition of Excellence capital campaign supports a new vision for creativity and collaboration at Rye Country Day, and will have a lasting impact on students for generations to come.
The Cohen Center features a state-of-the-art black box theater, which is designed to be a learning space for students in all three divisions to develop critical 21st century skills, including collaboration, leadership, public speaking, and creativity. The RCDS drama, dance, and music programs will use the space to hold performances, and faculty from all divisions and disciplines will be invited to use the space for exciting project based learning opportunities.
Down the hall from the theater are two studio spaces for Upper and Middle School digital photography, as well as a dedicated video studio. Film making and video broadcasting have grown in recent years, and this new space will provide a state-of-the-art facility for students to engage in the interdisciplinary art of directing, producing, writing, and editing for film and news media.
Across the hallway, the manual arts studio has moved into its new space. In addition to the traditional Middle School manual arts curriculum, the studio will be used to construct sets for the various productions that will take place both in the black box theater and the Performing Arts Center.
Two humanities courses are now located in the Cohen Center, adding another discipline to the collaboration taking place within the building. World Civilizations brings all 9th graders to the Cohen Center, and a new elective, Global Issues & Social Entrepreneurship, allows students in Grades 10-12 to use the tools in the Cohen Center to develop projects that address real-world problems.
Upstairs, there are two large, separate art studios, one for Middle School visual arts, and the other for Upper School. These spaces will house a number of different art media including ceramics, painting, sculpture, and drawing.
Across the hall, and directly above the manual arts studio, is the innovative design makerspace, a creativity lab for projects related to STEAM and design thinking. This space will serve as a hub of creativity and invention on campus, bringing together traditional engineering and manufacturing equipment such as computer-controlled machining tools, hardware supplies, motors, sensors, microcontrollers and related electronics, 3D printers and scanners, laser cutting machines, traditional power tools, electrical equipment, and other design equipment. This space will inspire new modes of design-oriented thinking, hands on learning, collaboration, and inventing.
Throughout the corridors of the building, students and faculty are brought together in collaborative open spaces, and there is ample space to showcase the art and projects students create.
The Cohen Center for the Creative Arts launches a new era of creativity at RCDS, one that embraces the future and will further enable RCDS students to contribute to their world in positive and meaningful ways.
There's exciting news on the horizon! Keep your eye out for the Advancing a Tradition of Excellence capital campaign newsletter in November, which will feature more campaign updates, fundraising progress to date, and the latest donor listings. For information about how you can get involved with the campaign, please contact Lynette Gioffre, Director of Development & Alumni Affairs, at Lynette_Gioffre@ryecountryday.org or (914) 925-4523.