Academy of Visual & Performing Arts

Performing Art Classes


Musical Theatre


Marching Band

Concert Band

Digital & Visual Art Classes



AP Studio Art Drawing and Painting

AP 3D Studio Art

Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
336 Devon Street
Kearny, NJ 07032
Tel: 201-955-5123
Fax: 201-998-9653


Kathleen Astrella

District Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts 

Theatre & Chorus:

Milagros Gonzalez 

Marching Band


David Caravella 


Gabrielle Vella 

Concert Band

Danny Conde 


Ryan Miller 

AP Studio Art Drawing and Painting

John Bednarczyk 

AP 3D Studio Art

Diogo Neto 


Erin Donnelly



Very exciting news for the Visual & Performing Arts Department!! Seniors Gabriel De Los Santos, Angela Alves, and Marissa Costa were recognized for their creative and artistic accomplishments at the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival on June 2, 2022.  They received a rating of "Distinguished" in both Small Musical Theatre and Small Theatre categories.  Among the many positive reviews, the judges expressed that their performances were the "most believable" performances of the day!

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Seniors Gabriel De Los Santos, Angela Alves, and Marissa Costa
  • John Bednarczyk's student won Top Honors for her painting!

    • Julia Umana's "Complement" painting won this great honor! (I have attached her painting which will be displayed and adjudicated at the Governor's Award!)


  • Kearny also received Ten Judges Awards for art! Diogo Neto, Erin Donnelly and Chris McShane all had winners!

  • Judges winner:

    • "Here's looking at You" Noelia Almanzar

    • "Cryosphere" Frazen Mateo

    • "Lilypad" Stephanie Guzman

    • "Titanic" Patrick Waters

    • "Cat" Stephanie Medina

    • "Golden" Glenda Arenas

    • "Gesture" Sofia Arita

    • "Faceless" Gianna Gomez

    • "Void" Hailey Perez

    • "Cherry Pie" Gianna Ciccarelli

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Visual and Performing Art faculty and students

Vocal Music Academy

On Saturday February 5th, members of the elite singing group the Kearny High K-Birds and the cast of the Spring Musical In the Heights, represented the Vocal Music Academy with stellar performances.  With only four rehearsals under their belt, the musical cast sang excerpts that highlighted soloists and ensemble members while the K-Birds sang a varied repertoire including jazz standards, pop hits, and musical theater selections.  Under the direction of Ms. Milagros Gonzalez and accompanied by Mr. Owen Seaver, the department banded together to celebrate this amazing milestone for Kearny High School.

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Art Photo Gallery

In conjunction with the 100th year celebration, Mr. Neto and Mr. Bednarczyk set up the district art show.  Students' works from KHS, Schuyler, Lincoln, Franklin and Washington were beautifully displayed in the atrium. Special thanks to Ms. Donnelly, Mr. C. McShane, Mr. Benarczyk, Mr. Neto, Ms. Di Gangi,Ms Conticchio and Mr. D McShane for working with their students to produce such amazing works!

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Student artwork display