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Literary Arts
Literary Arts
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Poetry, Essays (and other writing), Artistic student response and expression Literature is literally "acquaintance with letters" as in the first sense given in the Oxford English Dictionary. 

The noun "literature" comes from the Latin word "litera," meaning "an individual written character (letter)." The term has generally come to identify a collection of writings, which in Western culture are mainly prose (both fiction and non-fiction), drama, and poetry. In much, if not all of the world, the artistic, linguistic expression can be oral as well and include such genres as epic, legend, myth, ballad, other forms of oral poetry, folktales, and spoken word. Literary arts and creative writing are interchangeable terms. 

Creative Area #1

The Society encourages youth to write and to speak to their passion. 

Members: Carolyn Anderson (Chair), Brenda Belsito, Francine Brown, Theresa Ann Brown, Sheryl Williams.

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Creative Area #2

Performing Arts

Performing Arts include a range of disciplines which are performed by humans in front of a live audience.  Examples of such arts include dance, music, theatre, opera, and mime.  The Performing Arts often aims to express one’s emotions and feelings.

Performing arts are distinguished by this performance element, in contrast with disciplines such as visual and literary arts, where the product is an object that does not require a performance to be observed and experienced. Each discipline in the performing arts is temporal in nature, meaning the product is performed over a period of time. Products are broadly categorized as being either repeatable (for example, by script or score) or improvised for each performance. Artists who participate in these arts in front of an audience are called performers, including actors, magicians, comedians, dancers. Performing arts are also supported by the disciplines such as visual and literary arts, where the product is an object that does not require a performance to be observed and experienced. Performance art is a specialized form of fine art in which the artists perform their work live to an audience. Dance (from Old French dancer [verb], dance [noun], of unknown origin) [4] generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. The dance was often referred to as a "plastic art" during the modern dance era. Dance is also used to describe methods of non-verbal communication (see body language) between humans or animals (bee dance, mating dance), motion in inanimate objects (the leaves danced in the wind), and certain musical forms or genres. Choreography is the art of making dances, and the person who does this is called a choreographer. People danced to relieve stress. Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and moral constraints and range from functional movement (such as Folk dance) to codified, virtuoso techniques such as ballet. In sports, gymnastics, figure skating, and synchronized swimming are dance disciplines, while Martial arts' kata' are often compared to dances.Theatre – Theatre or theater (from Greek theatric )is the branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound, and spectacle – indeed, any one or more elements of the other performing arts. In addition to the standard narrative dialogue style, theatre takes such forms as opera, ballet, mime, kabuki, classical Indian dance, Chinese opera, and mummers' plays.

The Society encourages youth to perform to their passion.

Members: Geraldine W. Gibbs (Chair), Marilyn Davenport, Charmaine Downie, Irene O. Johnson

Performing Arts
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The Society encourages youth to perform to their passion.

Members: Jacqueline Ray (Chair), Joyce Locklear, Erica Y. Sheppard, Francina Hollaway

Visual Arts
Visual Arts

Art forms such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic arts, video, filmmaking, design, crafts, and architecture. 

Many artistic disciplines such as performing arts, conceptual art, textile arts also involve aspects of visual arts as well as arts of other types. It is related to vision or sight. Visual art is to perceive as a picture in the mind rather than as an abstract idea: a photograph, drawing or painting, or videography. Drawing is a means of making an image, using any of a wide variety of tools and techniques. It generally involves making marks on a surface by applying pressure from a tool or moving a tool across a surface. Common tools are graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoals, pastels, and markers. Digital tools, which can simulate the effects of these, are also used. The main techniques used in drawing are line drawing, hatching, crosshatching, random hatching, scribbling, stippling, and blending.

Creative Area #3

Instrumental & Voice Arts
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Creative Area #4

Voice and Instrumental Music

Voice and Instrumental Music is an art form whose medium is sound. Common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. 

The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music varies according to culture and social context. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions (and their reproduction in performance), through improvisational music to aleatory forms. Music can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to individual interpretation, and occasionally controversial. Within "the arts," music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art, and auditory art. The Society puts on youth showcases to encourage their talents throughout the country with chapters sponsoring performances in front of live audiences.

The Society encourages youth to perform to their passion. 

Members: Quincy Tharps (Chair), Jeanette Planes, Lorraine Williams, and Jennifer Lewis

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