Its aim is to provide more opportunities for our students who have a passion for the arts to perform or display their talents. The Club is called AIM and it means Art in Motion. At a recent AIM evening, the winter howl did not erase the sound of applause in the auditorium for songs sung, music played and poetry read. Art displays delighted those who adjoined to the caf at intermission for some treats and beverages. Moderator of AIM, teacher Robert (Bob) Brearley has put his heart and soul into the Club’s mission for the past ten years. So much so, that Mr. B often performs vocals with guitar or as he did on this night with his band, We Four. What made the night particularly special was the participation of graduates from the classes of 2015 and 2018: Chris Finnerty, Tom Furtado and Anna Egan. Math teacher, Jared Lyons, 13‘ , took up his guitar and rocked out with the We Four’s tribute to U2 and Ms Habel, AW Communications and former English teacher, delivered some original poetry. Award winning artist, Vanessa Lorusso, ’18, returned and once again dazzled the audience with the art she has produced for her Simmons College art classes.
Mr.Brearley spoke of the importance of the Club “ to empower young artists and to create community” in students’ lives and this was apparent with the return of Brian Manning, 08‘, and his wife Kim Pumphrey, 07‘. Brian was the student who planted the seed for the Club, along with fellow alum, Brian Donovan. As the evening concluded, the Ensemble took their final bows, the Tech Crew was recognized, and Mr. Brearley invited Brian to the stage. Brian thanked Bob for his efforts in keeping the Club alive, the new legion of student performers and the audience that supported them that evening. The night was a celebration of the arts, our students’ talents and happily our alums, who still value the arts alive at AWHS.