Adirondack Studios recognized as an Outstanding Community Partner

Adirondack Studios recognized as an Outstanding Community Partner
Posted on 01/14/2018

On Friday, January 12, Superintendent Michael Healey; art teacher Mr. Rick Fleury; and Mr. Maurice O’Connell of Adirondack Studios attended the WSWHE BOCES Legislative Breakfast. Superintendents and Board of Education presidents from 31 school districts in the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES and elected officials were present. 


During the planning process leading up to the WSWHE BOCES Legislative Breakfast, the superintendents of the 31 districts within the WSWHE BOCES have the opportunity to nominate a business or businesses they deem a worthy partner, not just to their respective school districts, but to their community as well. The nominees are then voted on by a committee.

Adirondack Studios is a respected creative force in the entertainment industry. They design and build museum and interactive displays, create sets for live entertainment and special events, tailor architectural features for lifestyle and property development, and build some of the most amazing amusement and leisure attractions in the country and world wide. This creative talent is on the doorstep of the Argyle Central School District.


The district, particularly the visual arts department, has been fortunate since 2012 to partner with Adirondack Studios, connecting business and industry with NY State public education. During the last five years, art students (2 per year) have had the incredible opportunity to intern at Adirondack Studios through the WSWHE BOCES Career Exploration and Internship Program. This program has enabled students to experience unique problem solving, team collaboration, project development, and exploration of schemes and material implementation and inclusion of the project on site.


Over the years, art students have had the golden opportunity to work side by side with professionals in the field - designers, graphic artists, painters, welders, accountants, sculptors, and illustrators only to name a few. Students have interacted with set design projects affiliated with Disney, Universal Studios, malls, restaurants, and amusement parks. The creative, hands-on involvement in real world situations have married perfectly with public school standards.


Internships run from September to June, four afternoon sessions per month. Students are required to give final presentations about their work at the company, reflecting the knowledge and insights gained over the course of the year. Students also have had the opportunity to follow a project to its site location - whether Disney, Universal Studios, Seaworld, etc. at the end of the year, to experience the final installation/outcome, all through the generous funding of Adirondack Studios. These are experiences and opportunities that students will value throughout their careers and a lifetime.


Students, whether visual arts, science, math or technology based, have been enriched through work based learning. Several graduates that have returned to Adirondack Studios for employment, while others have gone on to college and graduated from institutions such as Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Southern Florida, and Russell Sage College. Former students are also employed as graphic designers and engineers at design firms and companies like Lockheed Martin.

 The a big thank you to Adirondack Studios from the district and students.