Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels Keynotes Elmont’s First Art Symposium
Elmont Memorial held its first Art Symposium in the auditorium and gymnasium on March 19. Grammy winner and Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee and comic book artist and writer Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, who first became famous with hip hop pioneers Run DMC, gave a wonderfully inspiring keynote address to Elmont students, families, alumni and community members.
McDaniels spoke about the power of creativity and how art, education, determination and imagination were the keys to all of his success. After the keynote, McDaniels was joined by professional artist and art educator Beth Atkinson and professional graphic designer and entrepreneur Gerard Flannory to participate in an academic panel discussion, moderated by Elmont’s Chairperson of the Visual Arts Chris Yee, regarding art and its impact on the world.
After the panel discussion, attendees entered the gymnasium to witness the student Art Exhibition and Expo, featuring work from all art classes, live art, music, student exhibitors and tables presented by Elmont’s art organizations, the National Art Honor Society, Portfolio Prep and The Spartists.
Mr. McDaniels graciously held a meet and greet, took pictures, signed autographs and spoke to every single person who wished to meet him until the end of the event. He even signed the collaborative live painting, designed by teacher Suzanne Yoda. Elmont’s art teachers, Stella Grenier, Catherine Nolan, Jenna Picone, Chris Yee and Suzanne Yoda, went above and beyond to plan and host this amazing event. Elmont’s first Art Symposium was a great success!