Visiting Artists: Tesla, Delight CAA Students

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          On Monday, March 5, The Tesla Quartet treated CAA 8th graders to a performance at the Creative Arts Academy. The quartet performed a 15-minute piece by Hungarian modernist composer Bela Bartok. Members of the quartet spoke with students about Bartok’s unique style, the importance of non-verbal communication as a member of a team… continue reading »

Virtual Reality Field Trip

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7th & 8th Grade Communication & Media Arts students at the CAA visited the Moline Public Library on Monday, March 12th to experience the “I-74 River Bridge: A Virtual Experience,” a virtual reality tour of the new I-74 bridge.   The intense, immersive virtual environment makes it possible for the Iowa DOT and other agencies to give you a more… continue reading »

CAA Students Enjoy QCArts Visiting Pianist and Local Alum

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More than 50 7th Grade CAA students made their way to the River Music Experience on Tuesday, March 6 to enjoy a performance by Corey Kendrick. Corey Kendrick is a pianist, composer, recording artist, and educator currently living in Detroit, MI. He is a native of Park View, Iowa, and a North Scott High School alum…. continue reading »

Creative Arts Academy Student Reacts to Positive Audition Letter

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    The video shows the reaction of student, Parker LeGrand, as she learns of her recent acceptance as an incoming 6th grader for the 2018 – 2019 year at the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities. Parker auditioned into the Music Division with a vocal solo. Parker’s sister, Payton, is a current CAA student… continue reading »

Master Storyteller 2018 Teacher Workshop

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Charlotte Blake Alston:  Master Storyteller, Narrator, & Librettist     Teachers and administrators, representing artsBASICS schools were treated to a workshop by Charlotte Blake Alston on February 20th at the Davenport Junior Theatre, sponsored by Quad City Arts Visiting Artists’ Series.  Stimulating ideas for writing and increasing appreciation for oral telling and strategies for teaching… continue reading »

Chicago Dance Group at Harrison

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  Harrison Elementary, one of our artsBASICS schools in Davenport, had Giordano Dance Chicago as a Visiting Artist in early November.  They were a dance group that was scheduled through Quad City Arts.  Their outreach tour was “The influences on American Jazz Dance”.  They gave 2 outstanding performances at Harrison, & are shown here with one of… continue reading »

Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities Partners with Community Organization

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German American Heritage Center displays giant advent calendar Friday marks the beginning of the advent season and there’s a special treat for travelers in the Quad Cities. People coming into Iowa on the Centennial Bridge will once again get to enjoy what is becoming a holiday tradition.

Scream! By Harrison’s Third Grade Students — 2017

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Third grade created screaming self-portraits inspired by the artwork, “The Scream” by Norwegian born Expressionist painter, Edvard Munch. Through storytelling students integrated the visual arts and ELA. The students had to use their “Visual Thinking Strategies” to analyze the painting and make inferences as to why the character was screaming. In addition, they had to tell a story for several hilarious, American, pop-culture parodies of “The Scream” painting. For example, they had to explain why the Joker was screaming, and why Batman was in the background.  Furthermore, students had to… continue reading »

2017 Scholarships

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Area students received 35 Scholarships from artsBASICS for 2017 Summer Arts Experiences   (Venues for summer student workshops included the Figge  and the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities) Musical Theatre for Tweens — Instructor:  Alex McCarthy For all middle school students who love to sing and act! Participants learned what it would be like… continue reading »

Arts Integration 2017 artsBASICS Summer Institute

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  Teacher and administrator participants from Davenport District artsBASICS schools attended an intensive three-day institute focused on the Kennedy Center for the Arts Integration Model and specific classroom climate strategies integrating drama as the art form.  The fourth day’s workshop centered around integrating music with autistic students in the classroom. Two Outstanding Presenters Provided Arts… continue reading »

Jackson Elementary Field Study Trip

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On November 17, 2016, second grade students at Jackson Elementary School had a fun day at the Scott County Humane Society and Figge Art Museum.   As an artsBASICS school, students connected art, writing, social studies and community service learning as an integrated study.   Students collected and delivered several items to the Scott County Humane Society.   Director… continue reading »

McKinley 5th Grade Students Art Project

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McKinley Students’ Art Project The 5th grade students at McKinley School in Davenport partnered with local artists, Pat Bereskin and Brad Bisby to create two large paintings. The students took field trips to Isabel Bloom, Pat Bereskin’s art gallery and to Lindsay Park to create sketches of the East Village. Over the next several weeks… continue reading »

REFL3X at McKinley Elementary School

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“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… continue reading »

Summer 2016 artsBASICS Scholarships

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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… continue reading »

Mosaic Mural Dedication at Jackson Elementary

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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…. continue reading »

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 »

artsBASICS Accomplishments

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Accomplishment Highlights: Past, Present & Future 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… 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 »


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Two workshop series opportunities for teachers from our current artsBASICS schools and others were made possible through grants from the Quad City Arts Dollar$ Program. The first workshop series brought in the dynamic duo of Dan and Jessica Sheridan from the Davenport Junior Theatre. Dan is their Performing Arts Supervisor and the Artistic Director there… continue reading »

What Happened in 2014

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artsBASICS: Catalyst to the Creation of the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities Nearly two years ago, Superintendent Art Tate, under the direction of the Davenport Community School Board created a committee called the “District of Distinction”. Area educators, leaders, parents and upporters were in an action planning process, to create new educational models… continue reading »

Support for In-Service

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artsBASICS Provides Support for Educators With In-Service “Joel and Diane Franken gave a Arts Integration In-Service held July 13 – 16, 2015, at the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad-Cities using the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts definition: an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students… 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 »