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new orleans center for creative arts,
new orleans, la

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This year, NOCCA celebrates its 40th year of performing arts education, and the 2015 Jazz Fest spotlights NOCCA’s achievements at its Cultural Exchange Pavilion, which usually highlights the music and culture of another nation. Programming features musical performances, including jazz, classical, choir, musical theater, and visual arts demonstrations and exhibitions ranging from mural painting, photography, and film screenings to large-scale puppetry and papier-mache creations. Many performances and exhibits are in the NOCCA Pavilion tent in the Fair Grounds infield near the Congo Square area, and some programming is in the Grandstand. The pavilion includes work by NOCCA students, faculty, and alumni, and there are performances by Blanchard and Harrison and a tribute to Ellis Marsalis by the youngest Marsalis brother, Jason.



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Los Angeles, California

Otis College of Art and Design announced a media partnership with KCETLink, which will modernize the 2014 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region and the State of California through an interactive, multi-platform presentation developed by and for KCETLink’s award-winning arts and culture series, Artbound.

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education with a mission to prepare art and design students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty include Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, entrepreneurs, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.





doral academy prepatory, doral, fl
principal, douglas rodriguez
chair performing and visual arts, dr. adalberto yanes    


Doral Academy Preparatory is a comprehensive middle/ high school enrolling over 2500 students in grades 6 through 12. The school opened in the fall of 2001 and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 2004.

Doral Academy Preparatory is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and holds memberships in the College Board, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Association of Secondary Curriculum Development.

Performing Arts Academy consists of strands for students interested in Visual Arts, Dance, Theatre, Photography, Band/Orchestra/Guitar, Voice/Keyboard or TV Production.

Colleges and Universities such as Miami Dade College’s West Campus and Florida International University are within short driving distances allowing our students to enroll and participate in these settings.

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baldwin arts and academics magnet school grades 6-8
montgomery, al
principal, jannette wright 

Baldwin Magnet houses two separate magnet schools–Baldwin Arts and Baldwin Academics.  Baldwin Academics is 2975designed to provide opportunities for middle school students to pursue challenging academic work in the areas of computer technology, research experiences,  foreign languages, and intensified classroom and community engagements.  Baldwin Arts offers a middle school experience infused with the arts.  Practicing artists provide instruction in the areas of band, strings, choral music, classical guitar, creative writing, dance, drama, piano, and visual arts.

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rutgers mason gross school of the arts, new brunswick, nj
dean, george b. stauffer



Mason Gross School of the Arts is a community of artists who study, teach, create, and perform together.

Our mission is to nurture creative talent and to instill the insights and skills needed by future generations of art 2957
professionals, enabling them to contribute to the creative and scholarly activity so essential to the vitality of our culture and our society.

In addition to its professional arts training programs, Mason Gross offers the greater Rutgers community an opportunity to integrate the creative arts into its social and intellectual life to both embrace the practice of creative expression and to expose our community to the immeasurable richness of the human experience.




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perry mansfield performing arts school & camp
steamboat springs, co
executive director, jan lazarus

Pioneers of Imagination, Sprit, and Performance

In 1913, Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield fulfilled their dreams of creating a theatre and dance camp in the mountains. 2944

Perry-Mansfield is recognized as the oldest continuously-operating performing arts school and camp in the nation. Throughout the years, a number of distinguished alumni, faculty, and guest artists have passed through the doors of Perry-Mansfield.

Today, students from all over the world take classes from a select group of accomplished and internationally renowned faculty. The tradition of Perry-Mansfield remains unsurpassed as the camp continues to prepare emerging young artists for the stage.

Recent alumni are performing with Ballet Hispanico, Battleworks Dance Company, Munich Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Nederlands Dance Theatre, and in film, on Broadway and television. We invite you to share in the magic of Perry-Mansfield.

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lavilla school of the arts, jacksonville, fl 2850
principal, janelle wagoner 

LaVilla School of the Arts is a public magnet school in Duval County, Florida dedicated to serving students in grades 6-8 with a passion for the arts. We are an “A” school that combines a strong academic foundation with focused study in creative writing, dance, video production, music, performance, and visual arts.

How are the students chosen?

  • Admittance to LaVilla is by lottery. Students are entered into the lottery as they complete magnet applications and a school tour.
  • The first pick of the lottery is sixth grade students of active duty military families. 7th and 8th grade students of military families must audition.
  • The second lottery pick is students who have attended one of our magnet elementary feeder schools (Brentwood, Fishweir, Lake Forest, Martin Luther King, and Pine Forest)
  • The third lottery pick is neighborhood students who attend our magnet feeder schools and have been auditioned by our arts team and have passed an audition a seat in more advanced level arts sections.
  • The fourth lottery pick is students who have auditioned at LaVilla and have been accepted for a seat in more advanced level arts sections.
  • The next lottery pick is drawn from all other students who have completed the magnet application indicating LaVilla as a choice.
  • The lottery is drawn in April of each year for the following school year.

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menlo school, atherton, ca
alex perez, director of communications and director of creative arts

Menlo is: Challenging. Engaging. Joyful.
At Menlo, innovative teachers raise the bar to create a challenging academic program. Our students write publishable 2774scientific articles, poems, fiction, newspaper stories,  and research papers. They build electric motors, remote-controlled hovercrafts, roller coasters and computers. And they succeed: nearly every varsity sports team has earned section academic awards. But a school should be more than just challenging. To help students meet that challenge, Menlo keeps the classroom engaging.
Students create movies, compose original songs, play the trumpet, act out the journey of Odysseus and write iPhone apps. They explore, tracking Alexander the Great’s journey of conquest using Google Earth, running forensic DNA experiments, reading the evening news in Mandarin or writing class blog in the style of William Golding. They stretch, trying out a new sport or diving deeply into a quirky interest. Put these engaging activities together with the challenging program, and you’ll find a campus full of joyful students.
We inspire students to trust: the teacher-student relationship is the heart of our community. Our students connect and make friendships that last a lifetime. They play: you can find them throwing a Frisbee on the Loop, joining the Halloween costume parade, or breaking into a group cheer in the middle of assembly.
Our students find it a joy to come to school. And happy students are engaged students, open to challenge.

los ángeles, ca
kim bruno, principal
westminster college of the arts, 2655
rider university
princeton & lawrenceville, nj
dean & director, robert l. annis

The School of Fine and Performing Arts focuses on art, dance, music, music theater, theater and arts administration.   Through programs that provide a historical, aesthetic, practical and professional perspective, students develop the skills to excel in a professional 2656career while growing intellectually from a broadly based liberal arts curriculum.The School fosters meaningful engagement in the arts by students who wish to become professional artists as well as students who view the arts as an integral part of overall intellectual growth.

The School nurtures and challenges the artist within all students and prepares them to contribute to an ever-changing global society.

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savannah arts academy
savannah, ga
gifford lockley, principal 


Savannah Arts Academy is a specialty-programs high school dedicated to the visual and performing arts, and is part of the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. The school offers a 4-year specialized and rigorous arts program which includes opportunities for students to major in communication arts, dance, theatre, visual arts, piano, chorus, band or orchestra.

The mission and vision of SAA is to ignite a passion for learning and teaching at high levels and From school to the world: All students prepared for productive futures. The quest at Savannah Arts Academy is to develop graduates who exemplify academic and artistic excellence.  With high academic standards and dedication to their artistic field of study, students not only discover and develop their artistic talents, but are adequately prepared for future careers and college experiences.

Savannah Arts Academy was voted as the #1 high school in Georgia, Named in Newsweek’s list of Best American High Schools, GA “School of Excellence” 2007-2011, and received the GA  “Platinum Award” from 2005-2011, U.S. News and World Report magazine named SAA a silver-award winning school, placing us in the top 500 schools in the nation, Named AP Honor School in 5 categories:   AP Challenge Schools, AP Merit Schools, AP STEM Schools, and AP STEM Achievement Schools, 2011, Gold and Silver winners in Scholastic Art and Writing competition with works displayed in Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., AP Studio Art Drawing was featured on the 2010-2011 AP Studio Art poster sent to all participating USA and international school.

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colorado springs conservatorythe colorado springs conservatory, co
linda l. weise, founding executive director

There is a place where students are encouraged to contribute to the world in a meaningful and creative way.
Where they can explore the arts in an environment that embraces individuality and mutual respect.
A rare and nurturing setting that brings together world-class training in all the performing arts to students ages 4 through 19.
That place is The Colorado Springs Conservatory (CSC).And it is the only performing arts conservatory of its kind in the Pikes Peak region.It is where the amazing takes place every day.
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durham school of the arts, nc
david hawks, principal

The mission of Durham School of the Arts is to help students from diverse backgrounds to fully realize their individual academic 2581and creative capacities through a rigorous educational program emphasizing visual and performing arts. Our goal is to support students throughout their seven years at Durham School of the Arts to reach their graduation day prepared to take on the challenges of college, career, or specialized training. In addition to academics, arts, and technological skills, we know that it is our job to prepare students to be creative problem-solvers, team players, effective communicators, and good citizens.
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crossroads school

santa monica, california

bob riddle, head of school 


CROSSROADS SCHOOL WAS FOUNDED UPON FIVE BASIC commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to the development of a student population of social, economic, and racial diversity; and to the development of each student’s physical well being and full human potential. 2520

It is the goal of Crossroads School to provide a strong college preparatory program from which each student will develop a personal commitment to learning, a respect for independent thinking, and an expanding curiosity about the world and its people. We consider certain skills to be essential for all graduates: to read well, to write clearly and coherently, to study effectively, to reason soundly, and to question thoughtfully.

Through the educational process, we assist students to gain self-esteem, self-knowledge, and respect for the knowledge and opinions of others. We believe that education must not be a race for the accumulation of facts, but should be an enriching end in itself. We also believe that education is a joint venture among students, parents and teachers. To be effective with young people, teachers and parents must themselves continue to learn, so that they may perceive the young accurately and treat them wisely.

We believe that the arts are an essential part of the curriculum and that it is important for students to express themselves creatively and to use their imaginations freely. Therefore, music, drama, visual arts, film, writing, and dance are significant parts of student life at Crossroads.

Through our academic and extra-curricular programs, we seek to promote social, political, and moral understanding, and to instill a respect for the humanity and ecology of the earth.

We understand that there are many kinds of intelligence, and the traditional academic, cognitive area is one. Other important areas of intelligence are intuition, imagination, artistic creativity, physical expression and performance, sensitivity to others, and self-understanding. To neglect any of these areas is to limit students in the development of their full human potential.

We believe that the uniqueness of children is revealed in their very existence and that it is the school’s responsibility to foster their innate sense of the mystery and joy of life.

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Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet
Montgomery, Alabama 
Jannette Wright, Principal  2386

Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School’s mission is to foster academic success, nurture artistic talent, and encourage social development by providing middle school students with a challenging curriculum, while producing motivated, conscientious, and well-rounded citizens.

About the school: Baldwin Magnet houses two separate magnet schools–Baldwin Arts and Baldwin Academics.  Baldwin Academics is designed to provide opportunities for middle school students to pursue challenging academic work in the areas of computer technology, research experiences,  foreign languages, and intensified classroom and community engagements.  Baldwin Arts offers a middle school experience infused with the arts.  Practicing artists provide instruction in the areas of band, strings, choral music, classical guitar, creative writing, dance, drama, piano, and visual arts.

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edwin s. richards elementary
mission, british columbia, canada
janis minty, principal

We are a vibrant school where high expectations are set for both academic excellence and citizenship. The school has a strong focus on literacy as well as promoting a caring and accepting culture that fosters inclusion and embraces differences. In September of 2011, our school embarked on a pilot project in arts based curriculum for the Mission School District. Participating teachers are exploring innovation in teaching through and with the arts. A wealth of leadership and extracurricular opportunities in fine arts and athletics are available to our students. The school also prides itself on offering unique activities such as the “Friends of Africa Club”. As part of our reaching out to the broader community we are pleased that we have students continuously involved in efforts to support both local and global issues.

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las vegas academy of the arts

las vegas, nv

principal, scott walker


The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts is a nationally-recognized, award-winning magnet high school, serving approximately 1,700 students in Clark County, Nevada.

Located in the center of the Las Vegas High School Historical District, the Las Vegas Academy serves students from throughout the district in grades 9 through 12,. giving the students the opportunity to pursue a major in band, vocal music, dance, guitar, international studies (French, Japanese, and Spanish), mariachi, orchestra, photography, piano, studio art, technical theatre, theatre, visual design, and World Jazz studies. All students must meet a certain criteria for acceptance: completing an application, auditioning in their chosen performing major, preparing a portfolio, and/or taking an aptitude test.

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Recording Connection Recording School offers a variety of programs in Audio    Engineering, Music Producing, Live Event Audio, and a Master’s Program. With our audio institute, you are able to learn in your city or town and study with top music industry professionals.

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cab calloway school of the arts
wilmington, de

Our Vision
When a study of arts and academics are combined, each informs and enriches the other. At the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, students will receive an exemplary academic program in all required subject areas, and a special curriculum, which will emphasize the creative, performing, and visual arts.

Our Mission
Cab Calloway School of the Arts invites students who demonstrate artistic interest and potential to engage in a rigorous curriculum where arts and academics combine to cultivate the development of independent investigation, critical and creative thinking, and the innovative application of acquired skills.

Our graduates will demonstrate a mastery of defined skills that will enable them to be productive, self-directed, lifelong learners, who appreciate and respect diversity.

Our Beliefs
1. Arts and academics have equal value.
2. Arts are integral to education.
3. Through expressional learning and the act of creating, students develop self esteem and self confidence.
4. An education in the arts develops the student as a whole person; academically, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially.
5. Passion of learning originates from a passion of teaching.
6. Innovation is fundamental to teaching and learning.
7. All children have a right to an education that recognizes different learning styles.
8. Educational success is the shared responsibility of the student, the family, the school, and the community.
9. All members of the school community have the right to a safe learning environment.
10. Technology allows education to become a more global experience.
11. Risk-taking and a willingness to change are necessary for continuous improvement.
12. Arts lead to a more balanced and innovative learner and citizen.

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