The Visual & Performing Arts Program at Jesuit High School seeks to develop and cultivate the creative imagination of each of our students, who then bear witness to the beauty and imagination of God alive in our world.
The Arts teach our students to be creative, collaborative, compassionate and confident – skills that will serve them in all lifelong endeavors.
The Arts provide a platform for dialogue when all other discourse fails, and serve as a vehicle for social change.
Finally, we believe the Arts are the gateway by which God is given a human form that has the power to concretely impact and transform the lives of our students. This encounter helps them discover the greatness within themselves, and ultimately, in all of humanity.
As a young musician, I always knew that I’d make an effort to have some involvement with music throughout my high school career. I came into Jesuit as a shy kid that could play piano and read music. On orientation day my freshman year, Mr. Cargile told me that I’d be a percussionist, one of the guys that stand in the back and hit stuff. Getting out of PE already made it worth it to join band, but being in the back of the band, where less people would notice me, sounded even better.
This fall, the students and staff of Jesuit Drama will collaborate on a company-created new work about those affected by displacement, houselessness and homelessness.
Homelessness in our city is a growing problem, and its effects on our businesses, churches, communities, economy, environment, families, friends, law enforcement, neighborhoods and veterans cannot be ignored. This, combined with hearing about Sr. Libby Fernandez’s new mobile, bike-ministry “Mercy Pedalers,” has inspired us to create a play of our own.