Arts enrichment is integral to a P.S. 163 education. Our school partners with leading city and national cultural institutions to give our students exceptional opportunities to create and grow, think critically and learn kinetically. During the school day, every child at our school is exposed to the arts in meaningful, challenging and, above all, joyful ways.
In 2014, P.S. 163 was chosen to be part of a pilot partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, America’s pre-eminent film presentation organization. The Society’s CineKids program supports students’ visual literacy by bringing filmmaking into the classroom. At each grade level, children watch classics and new art-house films, then learn how to make films of their own, inspired by studied examples.
National Dance Institute
For more than a decade, National Dance Institute (NDI) has brought its intensive arts immersion programs to P.S. 163. In 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, students work with dynamic teachers, choreographers, and musicians in weekly sessions that culminate in energetic performances that most kids and parents agree are among the best parts of being at P.S. 163. NDI’s teaching artists create original pieces of choreography that are typically integrated into the curriculum. Dance styles range from American roots to the music and movement of Africa, Mexico and China. Students who love dance and students who have never danced before both find inspiration and a deeper appreciation for dance. Students learn how important discipline, effort, focus, and teamwork are in achieving excellence in performance – and they have a terrific time doing it!
Young Audiences New York
Young Audiences New York (YANY) has partnered with P.S. 163 to design a customized blend of residencies, performances, and family activities that best meet the needs of our school community. Our students in K -2nd grade benefit from in-class residencies that include weekly 45-minute workshops sessions and a culminating event to showcase student’s art. Residency programs are skills-based, integrate with the curriculum, and are aimed at a host of disciplines, including dance, music, theater and storytelling, visual and literary arts and digital media creation.
NYChessKids runs in-class as well as after-school chess instruction at PS 163. The Chess Program is designed to introduce every child at PS 163 to the game of chess, a game that improves a child’s ability to solve problems and helps improve concentration. Because chess is offered in every grade K-5, children build on the skills and strategies they have learned over the years.