Saturday September 23 , 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE NORTH ANDOVER SCHOOLS ENRICHMENT COUNCIL (NASEC)?

NASEC is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing performance programs into North Andover elementary and middle schools.  It was founded in 1986 in an effort to restore a commitment to the arts and to enrich and enhance our children’s educational experience.

WHY WAS NASEC FOUNDED?

Proposition 2 ½ , passed in 1981, had begun to take its toll on cultural events, creative arts and enrichment programs in the schools.  Present day economic realities continue to affect our educators’ abilities to expand upon the curriculum.  Parent volunteers in 1986 recognized the difficulties that schools were encounterin and formed NASEC to ensure that arts education continued to be strong.

HOW IS NASEC FUNDED?

Funds for all activities come from several sources.  Parent-Teacher organizations at each of North Andover’s elementary and middle schools contribute a large portion of our funds each year.  NASEC also receives funding from direct donation campaigns, corporate donation campaigns, cultural council and corporate grants and special fundraising events.

DOES NASEC RECEIVE ANY TOWN FUNDING?

No.  While NASEC serves the schools of North Andover, it receives no funding from the town or school committee.

WHAT KIND OF PROGRAMS DOES NASEC SPONSOR?

NASEC brings many different kinds of programs to the schools.  At the elementary schools, students typically see four shows each year, two of which are all-school shows and two of which are grade level shows.  The all-school shows are usually arts oriented, and the grade level shows are often more curriculum related.  At the middle school this year, each student will see four shows, one all-school and three grade level.  In the past few years NASEC has brought authors, musicians/storytellers, theatrical productions, puppeteers, archeologists and astronomers into the schools.

HOW ARE PROGRAMS CHOSEN?

NASEC belongs to the North Shore Arts Council and the West Suburban Creative Arts Council, which are local organizations that provide a network of information about available performers and events.  NASEC representatives preview many shows each year, and only shows we feel are of the highest caliber are booked to bring into the schools.  No show is brought to our students without having been seen by a NASEC representative.