Schoeneman Award 2015

Outstanding Educator Award  2015

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

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QCArts Dollar$ Grants 2015

artsBASICS receives Quad City Arts Dollar$ Grants - 2015

Ralph Iccarino, Diane Franken, Joel Franken, and Steve Banks

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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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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


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... "



artsBASICS' McKinley School Arts & Culture Night 2015

Exploring the Arts

 Dance, Music, and Visual Arts were represented by student displays or presentations involving cultures from which the students had learned.  Grades from Kindergarten through fifth grade were represented.


University of Iowa to require engineers get ‘creative'

‘We are trying to graduate a broad engineer'

Vanessa MIller, The Gazette (Reprinted with permission - Original Article here)
MAY 25, 2015 | 7:00 PM

IOWA CITY - As creative director and product designer for Amazon Inc.’s Lab126 in Silicon Valley, Mike Bauerly daily is thankful he got two very different bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa, one in industrial engineering and one in studio art.

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