Music Artist Works with Students at Creative Arts Academy

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Above – Ben Lorenzen at CAA working with students Guitarist songwriter Ben Lorenzen instructs 6th grade music students Mia Jones, Sarah Simmons, Emily Gisel, Makailee Aloian, and Noah Thomas. All five CAA Divisions were able to have two guest artists during the 2015-16 school year as a result of the Quad City Arts $ Grant… continue reading »

Schoeneman Award 2016

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Schoeneman Award Presented to Dr. Art Tate Congratulations to Dr. Art Tate, Davenport Community Schools Superintendent, on receiving the Lloyd Schoeneman “Arts Educator” Award through Quad City Arts! Joel Franken, Director of the Creative Arts Academy, wrote in his nomination: “I have been working forty plus years in various capacities in arts education. I have… continue reading »

Students Prepare For WinterFest

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Monday, December 14, 2015 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… continue reading »

Schoeneman Award 2015 – Outstanding Educator

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Congratulations to Clint Balsar from the Creative Arts Academy on receiving the Lloyd Schoeneman “Outstanding Educator” Community Impact Award through Quad City Arts! It is through his dedication as a respected teacher and colleague that he brought recognition, not only to himself as an art educator and school leader, but to the entire DCS “District… continue reading »

Students Look at Immigrants’ Struggles

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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). Students will discover immigration struggles and/or stories and are working together, matched by their cultural backgrounds for several Mondays (when the library is closed to the public) in… continue reading »

2015 Scholarships

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2015 Scholarships Given… artsBASICS Grants Scholarships to Area Students During a recent artsBASICS board of directors meeting Joel Franken reported on the Summer 2015 artsBASICS Scholarship grants. These scholarships, funded by sponsors, donors and fundraising efforts of artsBASICS were distributed through Harrison, Jackson and McKinley elementary schools, Sudlow Middle School and to the Creative Arts… continue reading »

Kennedy Center & DCSD – Partners in Education

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artsBASICS proudly announces an extension of its partnership with the Davenport Community Schools through the  Partners in Education Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Partners in Education program is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The… continue reading »

Past Projects

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* “Dare to Dance” in-service for all elementary physical education and music teachers for integrating dance into their curricula * On-going collaboration with a professional theater company producing a yearly production * Play-writing, acting, and technical theatre experience for elementary students * Integrated arts professional development for elementary school teachers * Web-design and marketing mentoring… continue reading »

Schoeneman Award 2014 – Community Impact Award

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September 9, 2014 – Rock Island, Illinois – Quad City Arts Annual Meeting Joel and Diane Franken are recognized as Arts Supporters (Individuals): an individual who is a role model for long-term and exemplary support of the Quad Cities arts and culture community because of his or her significant contributions of time, expertise, dedication, and/or… continue reading »

Young actress gives wise advice to Q-C kids

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(Reprinted from, Moline, IL – Dated 5/28/2015) By Jonathan Turner DAVENPORT — Katie Chang is not only a beautiful young actress with Rock Island roots who has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The 20-year-old — granddaughter of Rock Island’s John Scally and daughter of an Alleman High alum — is… continue reading »

University of Iowa to require engineers to get ‘creative’

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‘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… continue reading »

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