Rhinebeck Rotary Features Presentation on the Education Network for Teachers & Artists




On Monday, January 23rd, during its regular meeting at the Beekman Arms, the Rhinebeck Rotary featured a presentation by Pat Sexton on ENTA – the Education Network for Teachers & Artists – an organization she founded and directs which brings arts-related programs to both the Rhinebeck and Red Hook public schools. Ms. Sexton has lived and worked in Rhinebeck for 25 years and is an arts advocate and teaching artist. In 2014 she was honored, along with Jeanne Fleming, by the Rhinebeck Rotary with its “Service Above Self Award” for her work on Rhinebeck’s annual “Sinterklaas” event and other arts projects in the community.


Photo – Pat Sexton and Rhinebeck Rotary President, Maureen Gates


Ms. Sexton began her talk by thanking the Rotary for its years of support for “Sinterklaas,” both through financial sponsorship and providing volunteer marshals at the event’s parade. She went on to explain that ENTA was established 10 years ago to support the educational objectives of teachers and to give students the ability to express their knowledge of core   

curriculum subjects through an artistic process. Ms. Sexton said that Rhinebeck Rotary’s own Joe Phelan, Superintendent of Rhinebeck’s schools, encouraged the organization from the outset. “We now offer 12 programs a year to both Rhinebeck and Red Hook schools,” Ms. Sexton added.

Ms. Sexton shared with Rotary members a few examples of the many programs ENTA has sponsored, including: Murals by Sol Lewitt: Math, Language & Art; A Book’s Journey/Meet the Young Author Event; A History Walking Tour of Rhinebeck; The Salem Witch Trials Improvisation Workshop with “Saturday Night Live” alumna, Denny Dillon; and the Art for Social Change visual arts exhibit highlighting the E.R.A. and civil rights and workers’ rights. In closing, Ms. Sexton shared a few student artist statements, one of which said, “It’s amazing how creative everybody can be.”
The Rhinebeck Rotary Club meets on Mondays at 12:15 pm at the Beekman Arms throughout the year. The Rotary is a humanitarian organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through local, national, and international service projects. Weekly meetings typically feature speakers covering a wide variety of human-interest topics. Interested guests are welcome to attend. For information on becoming a member, to reserve a speaker’s spot at an upcoming meeting, or to attend a meeting to hear a specific speaker, please call Lou Trapani at 845-876-3088, ext. 14.