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FPS Fine and Performing Arts Director to Receive the Distinguished Arts Education Advocate Award from Arts|Learning

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Fine and Performing Arts Director from Framingham Public Schools to Receive the Distinguished Arts Education Advocate Award from Arts|Learning

October 11, 2019 (Framingham, MA): Framingham Public Schools is proud to celebrate Donna Wresinski, the Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, for winning this prestigious award. A lifelong advocate for the importance of the arts, Ms. Wresinski has been instrumental in advancing access to high-quality arts education for the nearly 9,060 students in the district.

In addition to her leadership position, Donna directs Framingham High School's annual entry into the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) High School Drama Festival. Donna is a graduate of Framingham State University, received her Graduate degree with a concentration in Arts in Learning from Lesley University, and received her certification as an Educational Director from Worcester State University. Donna came to Framingham in 2001 after teaching Theatre at Ashland High School for 12 years. 

“Donna Wresinski is so deserving of this award,” said Dr. Robert Tremblay, Superintendent of Framingham Public Schools. “She is a tireless champion of the arts and understands completely how valuable arts learning is for our students. During my tenure as Superintendent of Schools I have seen Donna expand elementary music programming for students, drive the renaissance of our choral program, reinvest in our instrumental programs, and initiate our very first string program at our elementary schools to build strong feeder programs for our secondary schools that will continue to grow and provide opportunities for our students. Donna has advocated for improved classroom facilities and resources for visual arts classes, leveraged partnerships with our local Cultural Arts Council, the Lexington Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the list just keeps growing. Ms. Wresinski has been opening the eyes, ears, minds, and hearts of Framingham students long before social, emotional, and behavioral health came to the forefront as something to which we should be paying attention. In fact, Donna and her extraordinary team of arts teachers were engaging students in exactly this work before it was named, and we are so proud to shine a spotlight on her through this important recognition.”

In her time in Framingham Ms. Wresinski created the curriculum for the comprehensive theatre program at Framingham High School (FHS), taught classes including Acting 1, 2, Acting and Play Study, Advanced Acting, Theatre for Young Audiences, Theatre for Social Change and Musical Theatre. Subsequently, Donna became the Fine and Performing Arts Department Head at FHS and is now the Director for all PreK-12 schools in the district.

"Advocacy for arts education is a key aspect of the Arts|Learning mission, and the recognition of leaders in the field of arts education is an important part of that mission,' said Dr. Nancy Moses, Executive Director of Arts|Learning. "Donna Wresinski is one of the leading voices in theatre education and arts education in our Commonwealth.  We are very proud to recognize her contributions at our 32nd annual awards ceremony.  She represents the best of what we are all about."

Ms. Wresinski will receive the Distinguished Arts Education Advocate Award in Theatre at the 32nd Annual Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis Street (Rt. 126), Framingham, MA from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (reception at 6:30 and ceremony begins at 7:00). 

About Arts|Learning
Arts|Learning is a nonprofit organization with a mission to transform learning experiences for children through the arts by developing partnerships to create model programs, engage in public advocacy, and advance the field of arts education. Since 1984, A|L has honored nearly 270 exceptional organizations and individuals who are making strides to ensure that every child in Massachusetts receives a high-quality arts education through excellent instruction, exemplary practices, and advocacy. Award categories include arts educators of dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts; schools of excellence; school administrators; school committees; parent advocates; legislators; community organizations and cultural institutions; and businesses. 

About the Fine and Performing Arts Department
The award-winning Fine and Performing Arts Department of Framingham Public Schools challenges students creatively and academically, approaching all art forms with hands-on learning that inspires a life-long passion for the arts. Within well-equipped art studios, theaters, music rooms, dance labs, and classrooms students explore a wide variety of arts techniques and approaches. All students develop an appreciation for the fundamental and integral tenets of all the art forms and create their own artistic voice to prepare them to be a contributor to the world's cultural economy. Follow Framingham Public Schools Fine & Performing Arts (@FraminghamFPA) on Facebook and on Instagram

About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on Facebook, Twitter, and (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.

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