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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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.

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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.




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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"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.