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Members of the PVPA community often reach out to the wider community to share what they do or to bring their experiences to a larger audience.  This page is meant to be an archive of some of the amazing things our students and staff have done working with others outside of our own school. Comprehensive listings of outreach can be found in each year's Annual Report, found here.

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Deaf Professional Arts Network - ASL Music Video Workshop

ASL Teacher Ava Fradkin along with PVPA students Mimi Feinland, grade 7, and Alexa Rodriguez, grade 10, traveled to Michigan to attend an ASL music video workshop for Deaf and hard-of-hearing teens.  The students had 27 hours from the time they arrived to complete the filming.  This included time for sleeping!  This link is to a YouTube music video for Taylor Swift's Shake It Off.  It was directed by PVPA's own Mimi Feinland!!

D-PAN ASL Music Video - Shake It Off by Taylor Swift.

"Pay It Forward" Paideia - 2015

"Pay It Forward" was a three-week service activity where PVPA students worked with Kate's Kitchen, Margaret's Pantry, Birthday Wishes and the South Hadley Food Pantry. On the days when the group was not at one of these locations, they stayed at PVPA for debriefing, journaling, organizing of a food/clothing drive and to learn from guest speakers who spoke about food justice, the cycle of oppression and the infrastructures that lead to hunger, poverty and homelessness.
Video by the 'Pay It Forward' group.


We Came To Play Tour 2015

PVPA's highly acclaimed groups - Spectrum, The Groovy Truth, Pop RnB, and Earwurm - take to the road once again to bring their unique brand of musical mayhem to children in the Pioneer Valley. This documentary chronicles the 2015 tour and all the hijinks (and great music) that ensued.


Check back soon for information about PVPA's We Came To Play MA to VA Tour to Williamsburg, VA in April of 2018!!!

Video of 'We Came To Play' on You Tube

DEL: Dance Education Laboratory 

In 2012, under the direction of PVPA Dance Department Leader, Ann Biddle, the dance department entered into an exciting partnership with the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) which emphasizes a creative approach to teaching dance and choreography to students by making connections to literature, social studies and science. Founded by Jody Arnhold with Ms. Biddle as Founding Faculty, DEL is based in NYC at the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd ST Y.  Thanks to a generous grant from Jody Arnhold, the PVPA Dance Education Laboratory was created to train middle and high school dancers to become dance mentors for elementary aged students in local public schools. PVPA DEL was designed to help middle and high students broaden their understanding of dance and dance education while acting as a mentors and role models for younger students.  This unique combination of community service, mentoring, collaborative teaching and learning has proven to be highly successful with both the PVPA students and their younger mentees. PVPA DEL students also have opportunities to travel to NYC to attend dance performances and participate in choreography workshops led by established New York City choreographers. Our PVPA DEL dancers also have an opportunity to perform in the Dance for Kids show at the Academy of Music in the Spring.   For more information about the Dance Education Laboratory in NYC visit: 

Dance Education Laboratory Video

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