In the Fall of 2014, Davenport Community Schools will open the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities, housed in community arts facilities throughout downtown Davenport and supported by arts partners from across the Quad Cities. The Creative Arts Academy will offer experiences in five disciplines based on participants interests, including Communications and Media Arts, Dance, Music, Theatre and the Visual Arts. In its first year, the Creative Arts Academy will serve three audiences: 1) a first cohort of 6th graders; 2) Dream students (high school juniors and seniors aspiring to careers in the arts) and 3) the general community. Incoming 6th grade students and Dream students will be required to audition into the program, but community offerings and workshops will be open to all.
Incoming 6th Grade Students (click here for a printable brochure)
Intermediate level students will spend their mornings in arts integrated learning experiences offered by a variety of community partners, leveraging the resources of downtown museums and arts destinations, local arts agencies and professional artists. Students will experience the arts from all disciplines as well as selecting a specific discipline, or “division,” that they wish to specialize in, including music, visual arts, dance, theater and communication arts such as graphic design and video. A course will be offered on leadership, civic engagement and other 21st Century Skills using community arts projects. Intermediate level students will attend Sudlow Intermediate School in the afternoon for core curriculum offerings, receiving an arts integrated approach to subject matter that will be highly engaging and motivating. The traditional Language Arts and Social Studies will be blended into a “Heritage Arts” class. The traditional Math and Science curriculum will be offered as a S.T.E.A.M. class, integrating the Arts in to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Dream Students (click here for a printable brochure)
Dream students (high school juniors and seniors aspiring to careers in the arts) will be allowed to take electives from any of the school district’s three traditional high schools. Electives will be offered by the many downtown arts partners, each specializing in their field of expertise. The Figge Art Museum will host students in the Visual Arts and Museum Studies. Central High School and the River Music Experience will host students interested in vocals and a variety of instruments. A professional Communication and Media Arts studio will be housed at the Davenport Public Library, including industry-quality equipment for video and motion graphics curriculum. The program will support students’ emerging interest and talents in the field of communication and media arts such as video, graphic design and writing, with trade-specific equipment in the classroom and career experiences throughout the Quad Cities community.
In addition to opportunities to enroll in the school, students, educators and arts lovers from across the Quad Cities community will benefit from “non-credit bearing” opportunities including a series of workshops, exhibition and performance opportunities and public presentations.