Join our On The Table discussion at Common Market

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On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Community School of the Arts will be co-hosting an On The Table discussion with Common Market Oakwold.  From 5:30-7:00pm, join CSA and Common Market for community discussions facilitated through small groups and a collaborative art project.  The event is free, but please RSVP to chuck@commonmarketisgood.com by Monday, October 23.

On the Table CLT, a community-wide civic engagement initiative, will bring 5,000 Mecklenburg County residents together in small groups on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 to talk about ways to make our community more connected, dynamic, and opportunity-rich.

Offered by the Community Building Initiative, and supported by Foundation for the Carolinas and Knight Foundation, On The Table CLT seeks to bring all voices to the table, focusing on a common theme specific to our community. We know that big ideas can spring from small gatherings and that people invest in what they help create. Your participation will ensure that these organic conversations include diverse voices from throughout the county.

 

Click here to download the event flyer.

Supporting the Arts in the Upcoming Election

Before you head to the polls this November, be sure to learn about local candidates' positions on the role of arts and culture in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. Click below to watch a short video about how to stay engaged this election season.  The video was created by the Arts & Science Council and features CSA's Executive Director Devlin McNeil. 

To read Candidate Questionnaire Responses compiled by the ASC, click here.

 

Project Harmony Announcement

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PROJECT HARMONY OFFERS FREE AFTER-SCHOOL ORCHESTRA IMMERSION TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

June 14, 2017 | CHARLOTTE, NC – The Charlotte Symphony and Community School of the Arts are combining forces to launch a bold new public music program aimed at building pathways to success for Charlotte-area youth. By engaging children in orchestra programs that foster skill development and personal empowerment, Project Harmony is social transformation through music.

This new community collaboration offers an intensive youth music program focused primarily on communities with the fewest resources and greatest need. It builds off of Community School of the Arts’ long-running Orchestra in Schools program and expands the Charlotte Symphony’s Winterfield Youth Orchestra elementary school program to a number of new community-based sites.

To kick off the community collaboration, the Charlotte Symphony will perform a patriotic-themed program at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1901 Archdale Dr., on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:45 p.m. The whole Montclaire community is encouraged to come hear the Symphony and talk with Symphony, Community School of the Arts, and other community leaders about the new program.

Shifting the focus of the program from individual schools to broader communities extends this valuable opportunity to a larger number of students in Charlotte’s underserved east, west, and southwest neighborhoods. The project comes on the heels of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report.

“The Charlotte Symphony is committed to solutions,” says Charlotte Symphony President and Chief Executive Officer Mary A. Deissler. “Project Harmony addresses the challenges of social capital and, in turn, upward mobility that our youth faces. Music and, specifically, ensemble-based learning offers students a powerful way to broaden their ideas of what’s possible in their lives.”

Through its Winterfield Youth Orchestra, the Symphony has served east Charlotte since 2010, engaging an average of 58 students per year. Over the past three years, Winterfield has seen 18 students accepted into Northwest School of the Arts, an audition-based arts magnet school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district.

Through its Orchestra in Schools program, Community School of the Arts has served nearly 1,000 students, providing violin instruction to 3rd through 5th graders at three Title I schools. Participants in the program have gone on to play in orchestras in a number of CMS schools, as well as the Symphony’s Junior Youth Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra. Graduates have been seated as section leaders and concertmasters, won merit-based music scholarships, and been accepted into middle and high school honors, Western Regional, and North Carolina All-State orchestras.

“Community School of the Arts is excited to partner with the Charlotte Symphony, combining two strong programs to reach more of Charlotte’s youth with an exceptional music experience,” says Devlin McNeil, President and Executive Director of Community School of the Arts. “Community School of the Arts already has a strong presence in two of Project Harmony’s program sites. We look forward to deepening our reach within each community.”

Project Harmony will serve Charlotte’s Oaklawn and Montclaire neighborhoods in the 2017-18 season.

Driven by values of access, inclusion, and excellence, Project Harmony offers students the opportunity to train in after-school orchestras free of charge. The learning in Project Harmony is based in group learning, performance, and individualized attention. The project will nurture musical techniques, as well as ambitious work ethic, commitment, and excellence. This builds to a belief in each child that he or she can take on difficult challenges and succeed.

Inspired by the renowned El Sistema youth and community development program of Venezuela, Project Harmony aims to serve 500 children by 2020.

Project Harmony’s Montclaire location, hosted at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, is sponsored by Culture Blocks, a community partnership between the Arts & Science Council, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, to bring arts and cultural experiences close to where people live. Culture Blocks is funded by Mecklenburg County.

Join CSA at our 2017 Camp Concerts and Art Shows!

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2017 Camp Concerts and Art Shows

 Each of our 2017 summer camps and workshops ends with either a camp concert or art show, and we hope you will join us for one or more! Check out the list below for details on each.

 

Youth Arts Camp: Mazes and Mysteries
Friday, June 23rd
2:00pm Art Show and Reception
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S Tryon St

Kids Arts Camp: Undersea Antics
Friday, June 30th
1:00pm Art Show and Reception
Spirit Square, 345 N. College Street

Preschool Arts Camp & Suzuki Violin Camp 1: Discovering Suzuki
Friday, July 14th
12:00pm Concert, Art Show and Reception
Covenant Presbyterian Church Chapel, 1000 E. Morehead Street

Youth Arts Camp: Fantastic Faces
Friday, July 14th
2:00pm Art Show and Reception
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon Street

Band Camp: Concert and Jazz
Friday, July 14th
3:00pm Concert
Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road

Kids Arts Camp: Super Stars
Friday, July 21st
1:00pm Art Show and Reception
Spirit Square, 345 N. College Street

String Orchestra Camp & Suzuki Violin Camp 2: Music All Around Us
Friday, July 21st
2:00pm Concert
Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road

Teen Art Studio Week
Friday, July 21st
3:00pm Art Show and Reception
Charlotte Latin, 9502 Providence Road

Youth Arts Camp: Creatures and Colors
Friday, July 28th
2:00pm Art Show and Reception
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon Street

Beginning Animation
Friday, July 28th
3:00pm Art Show and Reception
Charlotte Latin, 9502 Providence Road

Teen Art Studio Week
Friday, August 4th
2:00pm Art Show and Reception
Spirit Square, 345 N. College Street

Youth Arts Camp: Flash of Color and Speed
Friday, August 11th
2:00pm Art Show and Reception
Nascar Hall of Fame, 400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd

Preschool Arts Camp & Suzuki Violin Camp 1: Discovering Suzuki
Friday, August 18th  
12:00pm Concert, Art Show and Reception
Covenant Presbyterian Church Chapel, 1000 E. Morehead Street

Creative Coding with Robots
Friday, August 18th
2:00pm Art Show and Reception
Spirit Square, 345 N. College Street

We Are the Arts: An Afternoon of Rock & Blues

This year, CSA's We Are the Arts concert will travel to the McGlohon Theatre for an afternoon of rock and blues music, showcasing many components of Community School of the Arts' programming.  The concert will take place on Saturday, May 13th at Noon in the McGloohon Theatre at Spirit Square (in Uptown).  Guests are invited to enjoy the free concert, which will include a number of performances followed by an art display with reception.  The concert will highlight the rock and blues program, in addition to students from the Orchestra in Schools Reunion class, Suzuki group class, and CSA faculty members.  The concert will also feature a live interactive painting.  CSA is excited to welcome Adrian Crutchfield, former CSA student and well-known saxophonist, as the guest emcee for this event!

To reserve your free tickets, please click here!

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