The Arts

Mission statement: Our mission is to encourage the Colegio Roosevelt community to embrace and experience the arts as an essential part of being human.

FDR arts programs offer opportunities for studio practice, problem solving, collaboration, and cultural investigation through classical and contemporary music, acting, directing, and playwriting, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and digital photography. We believe that the arts are an excellent form of engaging with our surrounding world and offering social solutions with integrity. Through exploring different artistic traditions, students become aware of the cultural contexts that inform perception and creativity and begin to see their own work in context. Students explore various eras and styles of all arts as part of the curriculum. FDR recently revamped the Performing Arts programs. Our new, state of the art proscenium theater, blackbox theater, film studio, and classrooms offer students an excellent opportunity to explore all areas of production and performance.

Kids playing violin

During Early Childhood and Elementary School (EC 3 through 5th grade), students have weekly music classes taught by specialist teachers. For visual arts this begins in Kindergarten, with EC3 and EC4 classroom teachers offering transdisciplinary units that are rich in arts learning. In addition, artistic knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills are developed.

School Play at PAC Theatre

The Middle School build on these experiences, as all students participate in visual or performing arts. In grades 6 - 8 students are exposed to a variety of opportunities and encouraged to take part in these to discover their artistic path.

High School students generally choose an area of arts focus to delve into more deeply, and students who choose to continue onto the Diploma Program (DP) may concentrate on at least one art discipline - music, theater, or visual arts.Students will have developed an inquiring, reflective approach to their work as well as a deeper understanding of the role of the arts in society and the world, and in their own lives. This is connected authentically with the unique Theory of Knowledge learning that is so rich in the arts. Reflection, evaluation, artistic self-expression, collaboration and communication are intrinsic to the beliefs and values held in Colegio Roosevelt's arts programs.

Image of a class in PAC Theatre
Image of Art Exhibition: hands sculture
One of our goals is to propel FDR into its rightful place as a leader in every form of the arts in Lima. FDR is a place where all students including gifted and exploring artists, dramatists and musicians can pursue their passion for learning. Our commitment to this is seen in our curricular and co-curricular offerings that provide students the stage to share their art with our community and beyond by participating in worldwide organisations including ISTA (International Schools Theater Association), AMIS (The Association for Music in International Schools), NAHS (National Art Honor Society), and Tri-M (affiliate of the National Association for Music Education). We also participate yearly at all levels at ADCA music, visual arts, and dance festivals as well as the Nueva Acropolis Music Festival. All High School students are offered the opportunity to attend the SAAC Fine Arts Festival which includes strands of band, choir, drama, strings, and visual arts to collaborate with other students from across South America.

The Arts Office

Betty Lin
The Arts Director