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Arts at Central Catholic Jr.-Sr. High School in Lafayette, Indiana

Arts

The arts at Central Catholic are essential to the development of the whole student. Art can help students express themselves in ways they otherwise cannot. Through the power of music, dance, drawing, painting, and performing our students have profound talent. We provide many opportunities for students to demonstrate their talents.

Choir and Band

Under the direction of Mrs. Gayle Daning, our high school choir and band perform in various ways throughout the year. At Mass each week, the choir leads the student body in singing. In 2024, the Praise and Worship Band brought their talents to an after Mass performance. This band included bells, guitars, piano, and singing. Our band, while small, is mighty. They perform throughout the year at football and basketball games as well as at fall and spring concerts.
Students are also able to compete at the ISSMA regionals and state competitions.

Junior high students may participate in band or choir as a class as well as a club. They too have the ability to play and perform at various points throughout the school year as they develop their skills. They also compete at the ISSMA regional and state competitions.

Student playing a blue and white tuba with students playing brass instruments in the background

Visual Art

Our junior high and high school students may take art as a class. Ms. Lavignette’s junior high art program has students explore various mediums in a 9-week rotation. Mr. O’Keefe’s art classes are more specialized including drawing, digital design, and more based on student interest. Mr. O’Keefe is an award-winning teacher. He was a Golden Apple winner in 2020 and was named the 2024 Indiana Secondary Art Teacher of the Year. Many students have their art displayed at the high school Artists Own Show and are encouraged to showcase their talents in various art shows in the area.

colorful drawings of animals eyes

Theater

In 2022, Kurt ‘72 and Debra Wilson established the Wilson Family Endowment for the Arts. Part of this million dollar gift included an upgraded lighting and sound system for our stage. Purdue University has been a pivotal partner in training up our behind the scenes crew in using the new lighting and sound boards.

Miss Katie Canarecci directs the fall show and spring musical, and Mrs. Gayle Daning helps direct the musical.

Student performing a scene dressed as a monster with green skin, horns, and fur