Northridge Elementary School's principal has been given the 1989 School Administrator Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Bruce Farrer was one of 10 elementary principals from across the United States who received the recognition through the Alliance for Arts Education, a program that recognizes schools that support outstanding arts education activities.The awards were presented last week at the annual convention of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

In a statement, the center praised the work of the recipients.

"We are very encouraged by the efforts of these administrators. They have a philosophy, vision and clear direction in the implementation of their art programs."

In his six years as principal of Northridge, Farrer has continually upgraded arts programming. An extended-day schedule at the school has allowed instructors to teach specialty classes in music, visual arts and dance. Art objectives are integrated with other academics, and the school's faculty helped write the Alpine School District's art curriculum.

Teachers throughout Utah visit Northridge to observe its arts curriculum, because Farrer supports innovation in arts programs. Upper grades have the opportunity to participate in the school's choral and band programs.

Under Farrer, teachers have a daily planning period, and visual art supplies have been expanded for storage, production and texts.

The school was host for the district's art show as well as touring exhibits from the Utah Arts Council, Springville Art Museum and other private collections.

Northridge students attend local high school musicals as well as concerts and dance performances at Brigham Young University.

Northridge was selected as the state's exemplary elementary school in the arts by the Utah Arts Council for 1987-88.