At West Hempstead, we believe in providing opportunities where our students become apprenticed into expertise through inquiry. Here in the Fine, Performing, and Culinary Arts Department, we pride ourselves on cultivating this intrinsic experience with comprehensive music, art, and culinary programs that engage our learners in creating, performing, responding, and connecting to fundamental real-world proficiencies for every student. Our students ignite a lifelong appreciation and high value for the arts through higher-order thinking, analytical approaches, articulation of concepts, and problem-solving methods. These skills create a lens that prepares our students to think outside the box as they embark on a 21-century global world.

Ms. Laila Sales

Ms. Laila Sales

Director of Fine, Performing & Culinary Arts



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"The teacher is of course the artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves."

Paulo Freire  

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FPCA Events 2024

  • Cornwell Ave Elementary Spring Concert- Wednesday, May 15th:

    First Grade: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Second Grade: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Third Grade: 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

  • George Washington Elementary School Concert - Thursday, May 16:
    5:00 PM: Doors open for the 5:15 PM performance featuring the Fourth Grade Chorus
    5:45 PM: Doors open for the 6:00 PM performance featuring the Junior(Fifth) Grade Orchestra, Band, and Chorus
    7:15 PM: Doors open for the 7:30 PM performance featuring the Senior (Sixth) Grade Senior Orchestra, Band, and Chorus

  • Community Arts Day - Sunday, May 19th, 12-3 pm

  • District Arts Exhibition - Tuesday, May 21st:

    Performance A: 6:00 PM

    Performance B: 7:15 PM