3rd Annual Fundraiser

Join Us for

An Evening With Area Artists

Above- artist at last year's event.

Read more ...
Lloyd Schoeneman Award 2016

Schoeneman Award 2016

Joel Franken, Director of Creative Arts Academy, presenting Schoeneman Award for "Arts Educator" 2016 to Dr. Art Tate.

Read more ...


To ensure that arts education in all of the arts is a priority in schools for every student.



To impact the lives of students through all the arts leading to success in all aspects of life..   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

Read more about past accomplishments...



REFL3X at McKinley Elementary School

"REFL3X", Quad Cities local Hip Hop group recently spent three days at McKinley Elementary teaching all students Kindergarten through 5th grade dance moves.

The students enjoyed their experience and time with the group and were very excited to show off their new talents to the rest of the student body. Mr. Vincent, principal had this to say, “Curtis Bell and Juan Valtjerra did an amazing job working with our students. Their message is uplifting and the connection they make with the students is top notch.” 




Kennedy Center & DCSD  - Partners In Education

artsBASICS and the Davenport Community Schools are members of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to improvement of education in and through the arts, the Partnership Team participates in collaborative efforts to make the arts integration to education.  Click here for more details on this partnership...



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.

Click here to continue reading...



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.)


READ MORE about project --  SEE sample videos of plays on our Facebook page


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.