Governor Branstad visited the Creative Arts Academy Tuesday afternoon. Academy students, faculty, and parents presented about the positive impact of the project-based, arts-integrated education on young minds and their motivation to learn and succeed.
Senior Theatre student TJ Green spoke with reporters about the impact the Academy has had on his personal growth as a creative outlet to help him and other students who are on the autism spectrum. Senior Music student Jack Theiling testified that the Academy has made him prepared for life after graduation; he explained the CAA’s DREAM program gave him the necessary skills to get accepted by the University of Iowa’s prestigious Music program.
Many junior high Creative Arts Academy students also presented work they have done in their Integrated Arts Classes to share their research, viewpoint, and and creativity on the topics of “Our Voice” and “Our Courage.”
Check out one of the local news channel’s coverage: http://wqad.com/2016/03/01/davenport-creative-arts-student-show-why-funding-is-needed/
Everyone at the Academy hopes Governor Branstad took away a new-found appreciation of keeping the arts in education and appreciation for the innovative, project-based STEAM education the Creative Arts Academy is pioneering in Iowa. Dr. Tate hopes that Governor Branstad will reevaluate the District funding formulas soon to alleviate financial strain for our district, which continues to prove it is a District of Distinction through programs like the Creative Arts Academy.