For 35 years, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy has hosted an Annual Art Show & Sale to benefit the Arts Program. The 2021 Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Art Show & Sale will take place from January 23, 2021 through January 31, 2021. Due to the pandemic and guest restrictions on campus, the art show will be held virtually this year. More details will be shared soon!
We are also excited to announce a new partnership with Cedar Point Country Club’s Visiting Artist Gallery. In 2018, local artist Barbara Harris served as the featured artist. Now through the end of November, Barbara’s artwork will be on display and for sale at Cedar Point. When her paintings are sold, 35 percent of the proceeds will benefit the NSA Arts Program, and 65 percent will be paid to the artist.
In addition to the Visiting Artist Gallery partnership, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and Cedar Point Country Club have also partnered to offer a Saints Membership Plan, which offers discounted club membership rates for NSA families. To inquire about the Cedar Point Country Club Saints Membership Plan or to visit Cedar Point to see Barbara Harris' work, please call (757) 238-2275 or visitwww.cedarpointclub.com.
Amid the reopening of school, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Serena Bush, and I’m delighted to assume the position of director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. Throughout my tenure at NSA, I’ve made positive contributions, and I’m fully committed to leading our efforts in making NSA more diverse, inclusive and equitable for all. The brave voices within our community have been heard, and we are moving forward with compassion, courage and conviction. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy stands with those affected by injustices, and we welcome this opportunity to reflect on our systems, practices and programs. This is an institutional priority for us.
Dear NSA Students, Families, Alumni, Faculty and Staff,
As a result of a heartfelt letter we recently received that was signed by alumni and others in the community, we have been actively listening and engaging in conversations with alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students as well as current and past trustees regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shared insights, thoughts and suggestions with the goal of making Nansemond-Suffolk Academy a leader, not only in secondary education but also ensuring that we continue working to build and maintain a warm, safe environment where all students feel valued, appreciated and challenged.
A Message and Invitation for NSA Alumni from Head of School Debbie Russell
Dear NSA Alumni,
Last week, I wrote an email to our NSA parents, students, faculty and staff expressing our heartfelt concern over the death of George Floyd, the injustice he experienced and the lack of progress our society has made as it relates to social justice and equality for all. In that letter, we shared that NSA would resolve to further our commitment to improve our school, our community and our world through further education and action so every individual, regardless of the color of their skin or differences, feels safe, respected, valued and connected to those around them.
One only has to watch the news or what is happening in communities locally and nationwide to realize that people across the country and in our NSA community, particularly our African American families, are hurting, anxious, afraid and saddened by the recent events. The death of George Floyd and the injustice he experienced have reminded us of what little progress our society has made as it relates to social justice and equality for all.