Visiting Artist Program
The Ellie Warburg Class of 1945 Visiting Artist Program was established in 2016 in honor of Elinor Bozyan Warburg ’45, a devoted Foote alumna and lover of the arts. The program brings a different visiting artist to Foote each year to work with and perform for students, faculty and parents. The program was set up with funds donated by Ellie's family and classmates. The daughter of a Yale music professor and organist, Ellie earned a B.A. in music theory from Wellesley College in 1953 and also played organ.
For more information about the program, please contact Jody Abzug, Director of Development and Alumni Programs, at email@example.com.
2017 - Just Add Water, Yale comedy improv troupe
Yale's undergraduate comedy troupe spent three days at Foote performing at assemblies and leading improvisational workshops for every grade in the Sandine Theater. Three Foote alumni were among the group''s members: Alex Kronman '10, Zoe Loewenberg '11 and Anna Ayres-Brown '12. The troupe led Foote students in a series of engaging and active theater games to develop their improv skills and nudge them outside their comfort zones. Students worked collaboratively to make up scenes, songs and skits, drawing on their own creativity and public-speaking skills. "These are skills kids can use in all of academia and life," remarked Drama Chair Julian Schlusberg afterward. "This goes far beyond drama."
2016 - Rob Kapilow, Composer, Conductor and Author
The inaugural guest of the visiting artist program was Rob Kapilow, an acclaimed composer, conductor, author and music commentator (well known for his "What Makes it Great" program on NPR). Rob worked with individual music classes and performed for every grade at small assemblies, where he was accompanied by The Haven String Quartet. In music classes, Rob engaged students in a collaborative and energetic exercise called "The Music of Art," in which students used a painting (John Singleton Copley's "The Rescue") as inspiration to create an original piece of vocal music. "Just finished an amazing residency at the extraordinary Foote School," Rob wrote of his whirlwind visit. "Very rewarding to see what an elementary/middle school with a committed music program, great teachers, astonishing facilities and creative kids can accomplish."
Foote's visiting artist program was established in 2016 with funds donated by the family and classmates of Elinor Bozyan Warburg '45, a devoted Foote alumna and lover of the arts.