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COMMUNITY FOLK ART CENTER CREATIVE ARTS ACADEMY (CAA) AUDITIONS

New opportunity for youth with artistic aspirations!

Auditions: Creative Arts Academy
Grades Levels: Seven to Eleven

Dates and Times:
July 11th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
July 12th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
August 1st from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
August 2nd from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Community Folk Art Center
Address: 805 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, New York 13210

(Syracuse, NY, June 24, 2009) Community Folk Art Center is pleased to announce the launch of its new pre-professional intensive youth arts training program, The Creative Arts Academy (CAA). The goal of the Creative Arts Academy is to engage, nurture and empower young people from the city of Syracuse through the arts, and prepare Academy students for advance study in the visual and expressive arts. “We believe that the arts provide a sound foundation for young people resulting in an improved sense of self, fortifying them to perform better in school and unearth their infinite potential”, stated CFAC Executive Director, Dr. Kheli Willetts.

Young Creatives will earn admission to the program through the audition process. Contact CFAC for registration guidelines and to schedule an audition.

AUDITIONS AND PORTFOLIO REVIEWS will take place at he Community Folk Art Center July 11th from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, July 12th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. CAA auditions will also be held August 1st from 10:00am – 2:00pm and August 2nd from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Artistic disciplines include: dance, theater, music, creative writing and visual arts including drawing, painting, ceramics and mixed media. CAA will admit students with various levels of experience and expertise, but what they have in common is raw potential and a demonstrated commitment to the arts. Although the program is open to all residents of the city of Syracuse, CFAC is especially committed to creatives who live in underserved and underrepresented communities.

In order to prepare the young creatives, it is critical that their pre-professional arts education experience engages body and mind. Focused concentration on an individual arts medium will be coupled with a course of study that involves learning the history of each discipline and in particular, the impact African Diasporan artists who have made within the field. Our goal is to provide well-rounded arts education experience so that students are prepared to continue their studies beyond high school. In addition, The Academy will collaborate with area artists, schools and organizations to provide enriching experiences in visual and expressive arts.

Once students are admitted to The Academy they will remain with the program until graduation.

CAA instructors are all professional artists who understand the value of learning about their discipline in addition to performing it. Our instructors are all practicing professional artists who have made the commitment to preparing young creatives to engage in their discipline physically and intellectually. Instruction is designed to immerse Academy students in their field of study as well as create the space for their individual talents to emerge.

Are you, or do you know a young creative? Teachers have you spotted a young Romare Bearden, Janet Collins, Marian Anderson or Alvin Ailey in your classroom? Contact CFAC for registration guidelines and to schedule an audition.

For more information about the Creative Arts Academy or to inquire about other CFAC youth programming call 315-442-2230 or email us at cfac@syr.edu.
The Kuumba Project, originally established in 1997 by the collective vision of the Southside Initiative, Community Folk Art Center and the Syracuse City School District, will now be referred to as the Creative Arts Academy (CAA). All CAA programs and direction is now under the sole management of the Community Folk Art Center.
Community Folk Art Center is sponsored, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Cultural Resources Council, The Coalition of Museums & Art Centers at Syracuse University, and The College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University and The Office of the Chancellor at Syracuse University. Our media sponsors are CNY Latino, Urban CNY and WAER 88.3. The Genesee Grande and Park View Hotels are the official accommodations for guests of Community Folk Art Center.

Community Folk Art Center is a unit of the African American Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. CFAC is a vibrant cultural and artistic hub committed to the promotion and development of artists of the African Diaspora. The mission of the center is to exalt cultural and artistic pluralism by collecting, exhibiting, teaching and interpreting the visual & expressive arts.

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