The Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed and compromised public education for more than 13 months.
But Sean Hagan, visual arts program director for the Bedford schools, won’t allow the virus to curtail or compromise his enthusiasm.
“There are fantastic things happening at each school, and our teachers are moving mountains finding ways to build community and keep students engaged through art during this difficult time,” he declared.
“The kids are really creating some wonderful work this year,” Hagan asserted. “When everything else in the world is terrible and you are just looking for something that’s good, students consistently surprise us with the quality and the value of the work they are doing.”
Teachers and students are planning the annual end-of-the-year K-12 art show during the first week in June. For the second year in a row, the exhibition will be online.
“Day-to-day is really the mantra,” Hagan said. “We are trying to keep kids engaged. That’s what all teachers are doing everywhere in the world. It’s incredibly hard to do, especially when they’re at home. It’s a Sisyphean task. You feel like you’re making some progress, and then…”
A proposal to demolish and replace a unique residence at 37 Hillside Avenue found itself at the confluence of preservation values and development rights during consecutive board meetings on Thursday evening, April 8.
“Tenacity” is defined as “the quality of holding fast, keeping a firm hold.”
How appropriate that the second straight year of pandemic-induced virtual competition did not deter the 10th annual Tenacity Challenge, which takes place Saturday afternoon.
The weather forecast predicts an exquisite Saturday morning at Willson Park in Bedford – bright sunshine and temperature in the mid-60s. It’s an ideal day to climb and cap the liberty pole and salute the sacrifices and values of colonial Bedford as we approach the anniversary of the battles of Concord and Lexington.
Except we can’t.
For the second consecutive year, the second Saturday in April is just another Saturday, as the Bedford Minuteman Company decided that protocols and policies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic preclude safe outdoor gatherings.