Whether your child is interested in dance, visual arts, music or theatre, our goal is to energize, educate, nurture and support his or her passion for the arts each and every day! From kindergarten through senior year, FWCD students are given the opportunity to engage with dedicated faculty artists who strive to challenge and motivate students in their artistic pursuits. From the ceramics studio to the photo lab, from the ballet studio to the Scott Theater, from the band hall to the orchestral stage, our students explore their artistic imaginations and goals, tackle the challenges of multiple art forms and artistic concepts, and connect with their teachers and to the world outside of our campus through these exciting cultural experiences.

I invite you to celebrate the arts with us. Our fine arts calendar lists all of our concerts, theatrical performances and art exhibitions. Please join us as we celebrate the hard work and talents of our students and faculty. Fort Worth Country Day is truly a champion of the arts, and we look forward to sharing our arts with you.

Please check out our fine arts Instagram, @fwcd_finearts, where you can get a glimpse of a day in the life of FWCD fine arts students.
Chelsy Merrill
Director of Fine Arts

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Arts News and Announcements

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  • *CAST* Show Choir Earns People‚Äôs Choice Award

    The Middle School Show Choir *CAST* recently competed at the Lone Star Show Choir Invitational. This year, the choir’s set was aptly named “Fourteen” – for the number of rehearsals in which the show was put together. At the competition, the show choir earned the People’s Choice Award and an Excellent Rating. *CAST* features 54 seventh- and eighth-graders and is directed by Middle School Choir Teacher Erin Ypya
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  • Untitled (Black on Maroon) Mark Rothko 1958

    Answers in the Arts

    Chelsy Merrill, FWCD Director of Fine Arts
    Is there a correct answer in the Arts?  The answer: not really. Let me clarify.
    We spend our time in the arts on a journey toward excellence. Do we ever get there? Not really, as creative beings are always looking for what comes next, how we could tweak something here or there to make it just a little bit better, and what we would do next time to take it to the next level. We are our own toughest critics. We hear the missed phrase; we see the missed light cue, the unrefined brush stroke. To the untrained eye, it is perfect and in many ways, it is. I know my parents would tell you that my second-grade art project was perfect -- and it was. It was perfect because the correct answer for my art was exactly what I wanted it to be. It was crooked; the proportions were off; the shadowing was basic; yet, it was perfect because it contained creativity. Pictured above: Untitled (Black on Maroon; by Mark Rothko 1958. 
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  • Grace Sapienza's play,

    Playwrights Honored

    Grace Sapienza ’22 will soon see her play, Robert’s Rules, brought to life on stage. It was chosen for the Neighborhood Play Festival to be produced by Stage West in the Festival of the Kid this May. Paloma Casanova ’21and Pearce Wallach ’20 each earned Honorable Mention/Final Round for their respective plays, I'm Coming With You, and Accomplishing Something.
    For the Neighborhood Play Contest, North Central Texas area K-12 students were invited to pen a short play, scene, poem, monologue or prose for the Neighborhood Play Contest. Sample themes include culture, family, social issues, and life struggles or accomplishments. Up to 18 plays are selected to be staged and performed during Festival of the Kid in May. 2018-19 marks the 11th year for the contest, which is sponsored by the Stage West Patron Member group.
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Supporting CAST

Thanks to a Supporting CAST grant, Lower School Music Teachers Karla Dunning and Julie Dean brought in Mark Burrows, local composer and Director of Children’s Ministries at First United Methodist Church (FUMC), to meet with fourth-graders to discuss elements of the composition process and brainstorm about new music for their spring program. Watch the video for a behind-the-scenes look at how the new songs came together. 

Supporting CAST—Creative Arts Students and Teachers—helps to fund one-of-a-kind visual and performing arts activities with visiting artists that support Fort Worth Country Day’s fine arts curriculum in unique and powerful ways. To make a gift online or learn more about Supporting CAST, visit fwcd.org/cast.
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.