Dancers Work With Students

Dancers Work With Students

Curtis Bell and Juan Valtierra - RE-FL3X Hip-Hop Dance

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Schoeneman Award 2015

Outstanding Educator Award  2015

Clint Balsar receives Lloyd Schoeneman "Outstanding Educator" Award for 2015

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Artists in the News

Young actress gives wise advice to Q-C kids

 (Reprinted from, Moline, IL - Dated 5/28/2015)

By Jonathan Turner
Photo Credit - Gary Krambeck/gkrambeck @ qconline .comDAVENPORT — Katie Chang is not only a beautiful young actress with Rock Island roots who has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

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 Increase access to arts education for all students in all the arts in
Davenport Community District artsBASICS Schools.



Implement the artsBASICS Model Arts School Process in all Davenport Community District Schools with the support of community partnerships enabling all students to learn in an atmosphere where the arts engage learning and self-fulfillment.   READ MORE...

Planned Projects:  2015 - 2016

  • Various Arts Divisions' Student Scholarships (Dance, Theatre, Music, Visual Arts)
  • Participation in the National PTA Visual Arts Reflection Program
  • Community Artists' Presentations/Demonstrations/Artist-in-Residence experiences  for students  (Read more...)
  • Geneology/Cultural Arts Theatre Play Writing Skills Workshops for students
  • Downtown Davenport Main Street Library Student Visual Arts Exhibit
  • Arts Integration Professional Development for artsBASICS teachers

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Summer 2016 artsBASICS Scholarships

2016 Scholarship recipients - photo by Bruce Walters

Pictured are Isis Theisen and Arissa Lancaster, from Central High School, among other students, at the Summer Drawing Program, a collaboration between the Figge and Western Illinois University. Bruce Walters, Western Illinois instructor and well-known area artist, features here a triptych drawing created by the students during his class.  Over $1400 in artsBASICS scholarships were given to the following artsBASICS schools' students, to increase their arts education in a variety of opportunities given by the following arts education partners.

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Mosaic Mural Dedication at Jackson Elementary

A mosaic mural at Jackson Elementary was dedicated Thursday May 12th during the ice-cream social and yearbook event. Mrs. Hyslop, music teacher wrote a sunflower song for kindergartners to sing at the social. Fifth grade students read the book the Sunflower House by Eve Bunting from Treasures language arts curriculum when they were in kindergarten. This year they revisited the story and drew their ideas for a four foot circular mosaic mural for the Jackson library.  Kindergartners are currently reading The Sunflower House and will plant a sunflower garden with the help of 5th grade students.




Music Artist Works with Students

at Jackson & McKinley Elementary Schools

Above - James Hersch at Jackson School working with students

James Hersch, music artist, worked with all 2nd,3rd,4th and 5th graders at Davenport's Jackson Elementary for two days. Each group had two writing sessions with him. On the first day, James reviewed vocabulary related to King Tut and different types of music. Students provided preferences and ideas of general knowledge about Egypt, mummies, the pyramids etc. By the end of day one, every group had written at least a refrain and verse for their specific song.

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Students Look at Immigrants' Struggles

6th graders at the CAA are working with one of our partners, the downtown Davenport Library (specifically with the  exceptional reference staff they have and our teachers).

(This project is supported with the Quad city arts Dollar$ funds, provided by Hubbel-Waterman Foundation,
Illinois Arts Council Agency, John Deere, and the Doris and Victor Day Foundation.)


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Students Prepare For WinterFest

Monday, December 14 from 6:00 to 7:30
River Music Experience - Redstone Building - Downtown Davenport

Theatre/dance students from the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities prepare for the school's upcoming Winter Fest, Monday, December 14, 6 to 7:30 at the River Music Experience, Red Stone Building.  Seen here are 6th and 7th graders painting scenery through the direction of their teacher, Connie Bracey and the visiting artist, scenic designer, Susan Holgersson.


Provided in part by a QC Arts Grant


"An Evening with Area Artists"

A fundraiser for artsBASICS

Event Presented by

Second Annual Fundraiser's Successful Completion

"Thank you to the sponsors of our 2nd Annual evening with area Artists Events... "