Friends of SOTA Board President Danelle Giannini recently announced a year-long sponsorship of School of the Arts’ 2018-19 Performance Season by The Village.
Owned and operated by Leisure Care, The Village is located at the Unity Campus in Rochester. The sponsorship is sustained by an $11,200 donation to Friends of School of the Arts, a 501 (c)(3) organization, which supports the academic, artistic, and humanistic success of SOTA students.
Leisure Care’s financial largess is only one portion of this unique initiative, however. The Village is “adopting” the students at School of the Arts to begin developing a cross-generational relationship which encourages life-long learning for young people and senior citizens. Plans are underway for both organizations to work collaboratively on various artistic projects involving SOTA’s six arts disciplines: creative writing, dance, drama, music, theatre technology, and visual arts.
“This ‘adoption’ gives SOTA students an opportunity for on-going, meaningful community involvement, and a chance to gain life-experience from the vibrant seniors at The Village,” said Alan Tirre SOTA Assistant Principal of the Arts.
Periodically throughout the school year, SOTA students will travel to The Village to sing, dance and perform for the residents. Students and residents will work on shared visual arts and creative writing projects together. In addition, SOTA students will participate in piano recitals, choir concerts, jazz concerts, and photography exhibits on The Village campus. These enterprising young people will use their talents to enrich the quality of life for The Village residents.
In return, The Village residents will visit SOTA seeing shows, assisting with costume and set design. Their participation at SOTA’s many performances will encourage and inspire SOTA’s emerging artists.
“Supporting SOTA is a perfect fit for The Village. Friends of SOTA’s mission and the needs of the student body dovetails beautifully with our core values as a company. At Leisure Care, we believe it’s key to put family first, give back to our community, give meaningful contribution to the company, do the right thing and make a positive difference every day,” said The Village General Manager Mike Matteo.
The Village adoption was revealed on SOTA’s Allen Main Stage Theatre on Oct. 17. In preparation for the holiday caroling season, The Village Chorus under the direction of Erin Stoianoff, and SOTA’s Concert Choir directed by Music Department Chair John Gabriele joined together for their first stage rehearsal.
The guest speaker at the announcement was Jeremy Cooney. Cooney is a SOTA graduate from the class of 2000. He grew up in Rochester and has worked at all levels of government including: on Capitol Hill with the late U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, two New York governors and as chief of staff for the city of Rochester.
He graduated from Hobart College with honors in public policy studies and was a member of the Druid Society and elected president of Hobart Student Government. He went on to earn his law degree cum laude from the University of Albany Law School, where he was selected to serve on the editorial board for the Albany Law Review as its executive editor for symposia. Cooney is an Eagle Scout and was named “Forty Under 40” by the Rochester Business Journal. He is currently a candidate for the New York Senate.
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