Other Creative Outlets
There are still other ways that students in Charlottesville City Schools participate in the arts.
Literature and Creative Writing
Charlottesville City Schools nurtures young writers through language arts, and CHS offers both English and creative writing classes. Our school division is a founding partner with the Virginia Festival of the Book, which brings guest authors to all of our schools each spring. Our students excel in writing competitions such as the City of Charlottesville’s Bus Lines program, the Writer’s Eye contest sponsored by the Fralin Museum at University of Virginia, and more. Charlottesville High School’s creative writing portfolio earned 6th place in Virginia in the 2017 VHSL competition, with student Ashley Clark earning first-place for short story. Each spring, the division produces the Unfinished Jigsaw, a division-wide anthology of student art and writing.
The schools take advantage of the rich resources in our area, including area artists and nonprofits such as the Virginia Film Festival for exposure to high-quality films and the Light House Studio for youth film-making opportunities. In 2015, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and Piedmont Council for the Arts arranged for the Crescent Hill Quilters to work with students at Clark Elementary to document their memories in the Belmont neighborhood.
For More Information
Aaron Eichorst, Fine Arts Coordinator