Cultural Arts Program Guide 2019 - 2020

Each year, the TEMS PTO Cultural Arts Committee arranges and sponsors programs to enhance our students’ experience of arts, culture, literature, history and science through live performances and interactive workshops. Selected with input from faculty and staff, the programs are designed to enrich the curriculum and provide exposure to a range of subjects and artistic expression. The Cultural Arts budget is funded by our Annual PTO fundraising efforts.

Contact: PTO Vice President, Cultural Arts - Laurie Nishimura

​​​October 24th, 2019, Thursday
Visiting Author: Joshua Foer
Joshua Foer is a freelance journalist with a focus on the sciences whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, National Geographic, Esquire, Slate, Outside, the New York Times, and other publications. He is the co-founder, chairman and editor at large of, the online phenomenon which began with the New York Times Bestseller travel book Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders. An expanded 2nd edition of the book will be published October 15, 2019. The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid (for ages 8 and up) was published in 2018.
Foer is also the bestselling author of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, which describes the author’s journey studying the science of memory as a journalist leading to his winning the 2006 U.S.A. Memory Championship.
Main Point Books in Wayne will donate a generous portion of advance sales of Joshua Foer’s books for his visit to TEMS back to the PTO.

Location: Auditorium:
Grade 5 & 6: 9:00am, 
Grade 7 & 8: 10:00am  Book signing at lunch activity

November 13th, 2019, Wednesday
Cello Fury - “Sonic Evolution”

Location: Auditorium
Grade 5 & 6: 2pm, Grade 7 & 8: 1pm (45 min assemblies)
This cello rock powerhouse of three cellists Simon Cummings, Ben Muñoz, and Nicole Myers, along with drummer David Throckmorton, combines the symphonic sounds of the cello with driving rock beats. Their original music unleashes vitality and rhythmic drive in their music and dares to venture past classical expectations.
Cello Fury’s cinematic, progressive rock sound appeals to a diverse audience throughout the United States and abroad, with over 100 performances yearly in venues ranging from concert halls to rock clubs. They have performed on radio and television, in rock clubs, concert halls, and music festivals such as SXSW for audiences as large as 67,000, and have toured throughout 27 states and abroad. As an independent band, Cello Fury has released two albums of original music.
In addition to an active performance and touring schedule, the band focuses on inspiring young musicians and giving back to the community. Each year, Cello Fury performs for thousands of young people throughout the mid-Atlantic states, reaching approximately 20,000 children through over 60 outreach concerts across six states.
DELTA presents “Cello Fury - Sonic Evolution” as a school community family show open to the public:
Friday, November 15th, 7pm at VFMS
For more information visit DELTA at or email

March 18th, 2020, Wednesday

The Mayhem Poets
Location: Auditorium
Grade 5 & 6: 2pm
Grade 7 & 8: 1pm

45 min assemblies

April 13th, 2020, Monday
Chariot of the Sun(

Location: Auditorium
Grade 5: 9:30am

Chariot of the Sun introduces students to the heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek mythology. This performance utilizes comedy, masks, mime, creative costuming and, at times, audience members as the Greek chorus, to bring the classic myths to life. Students learn the legends of Odysseus and Cyclops, Pandora’s box, and Phaethon’s tragic attempt to drive Helios’ sun chariot across the sky. Featuring professional actor, Jeff Benoit, it's a dynamic presentation that offers an accessible and fun introduction to the stories of ancient Greece!

April 17th, 2020, Friday
Renaissance Man(

Location: Large Group Room
Grade 8: 5 Workshops beginning at 9:20am

All day interactive Renaissance Man Shakespeare Workshops featuring actor, author and comedian, Christopher Davis. Smart, riotously funny and interactive shows that engage the kids in acting out well-known scenes from Romeo and Juliette…wherein the atrocious is made amusing, the horrible made humorous, and the terrible made to tickle your ribs! ...oh, and juggling!

May 13th, 2020, Wednesday

The Seventh Principle - "Bantaba: The Circle of Celebration"(

​Location: Auditorium
Grade 6: 2:00pm

Through a high-energy fusion of percussive dance, traditional music, and rousing call-and-response, the three performers of The Seventh Principle demonstrate both traditional African dance and modern African-American dance while teaching about the respective cultures on both sides of the Atlantic. Students will understand how dance and music are infused into elements of everyday life in West African communities, and how the arts play an important role as an expression of cultural identity. Bantaba: The Circle of Celebration connects students to the history of African dance and culture while also celebrating the unique ability that the art form has to bring people together around the world.

May 26th, 2020, Tuesday

Chosen Dance(

​​Location: Auditorium
Grade 7: 1:30pm

Through entertainment and education, Chosen Dance Company strives to enhance the global appreciation of Hip Hop as an art form and to make Hip Hop accessible to all audiences regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender. On the day before the 7th grade leaves for Williamsburg, Chosen Dance will perform their wildly popular “History of Hip Hop” show and demonstration that includes audience participation.


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