• The Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities
    Davenport Community Schools
    321 N. Main St
    Davenport Iowa 52801
    (563) 328-7201

  • News, Events, and Announcements

    Photography Society of America

    Congratulations to CAA/Central 9th grade student Makayla Smith! Smith had her digital image, “Horse And Rider,” accepted into the Photography Society of America’s 2018 Youth Showcase. Her work will be on display at the 2018 PSA Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah from September 30 – October 6. 

    The Photography Society of America’s Youth Showcase is an international competition for students ages 14 – 19 and requires a member to sponsor the students’ work for submission. Read more

    CAA Senior Takes Home Big Scholarships

    CAA/Central Senior Isabelle Kern at the Figge Art Museum


    Congratulations to Central and CAA student Isabelle Kern for winning the William Brand Boeshaar Scholarship through the Figge Art Museum. Brand Boeshaar is an extremely competitive scholarship that offers 4 students a $12,000 scholarship spread out over 4 years to pursue a career in art. 

    Isabelle was also awarded a $52,000 scholarship ($13,000 per year) to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Read more

    Creative Arts Prepares for Move


    New Creative Arts Academy Venue

    After students head home for the summer, the Creative Arts Academy will be making their move to a larger location. This move comes four years after the Academy opened to just more than 50 6th grade and 25 11th and 12th grade students in 2014. Read more

    CAA Students Win Statewide Architecture Awards

    Creative Arts Academy (CAA) and Central High (CHS) students were among the 200 students who participated in the 2018 Iowa Architecture Foundation Contest. Selected drawings and photos will be exhibited at the Iowa Center For Architecture throughout April, and the following students won awards:

    • Logan DeVore (CAA/CHS), Statewide Winner, “Snapshot Iowa” Photography Contest
      • Logan is currently a 9th grade student at Central High School.
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    Four CAA students were acknowledged for exemplary work submitted to two contests through the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.

    The Ida Kramer Children and the Holocaust Essay Contest honors the stories of children who were impacted by the Holocaust. The purpose of the contest is to “record the stories that must be told to yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s children.” Students research a child or youth who was caught in or witnessed the event of the Holocaust in Europe. Read more

    Peer Learning Opportunities

    CAA 7th Grader Theatre and Dance students showcased their work from the second semester in a performance this week. The student performances included tap and jazz dance numbers, a musical theatre piece, a Greek play complete with mask work and improvisation. 



    The students then broke into groups and taught workshops centered around their area of study. 

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    Not One but Two Awards for CAA 7th Grader

    Great news today for CAA 7th Grader Lily Hessling. 

    Her video Animal Rights won the Librarian’s Choice & Best How To Prize at the Quad City Library & Putnam Museum’s Teen Video Contest. Lily was awarded $100. Lily’s video was shown at the Premiere Party, Thursday, March 8th, on the Putnam Museum’s giant screen. 

    View Lily’s Video here

    In addition to those accolades, Lily was chosen to have her art featured at City Hall. Read more

    I-74 Bridge Virtual Reality


    Last week CAA 7th & 8th Grade Communication & Media Arts students visited the Moline Public Library to experience the “I-74 River Bridge: A Virtual Experience,” a virtual reality tour of the new I-74 bridge.

    The intense, immersive virtual environment makes it possible for the Iowa DOT and other agencies to give you a complete understanding of how infrastructure projects will look and interact with the surrounding environment.

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    An Array of Visiting Artists at the CAA

    Last week CAA students were treated to a variety of incredible performances by visiting artists.

    The Tesla Quartet is Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola), and Serafim Smigelskiy (cello).

    Tesla Quartet

    Corey Kendrick

    Improv Master Class

    Murder Mystery PTA Performance

    Corey Kendrick is a pianist, composer, recording artist, and educator currently living in Detroit, MI. Read more

    Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

    “The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures. The arts are also a fundamental component of a healthy community—strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times.”

    1. Arts improve individual well-being.
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