[This article is by 7th grader Magnolia Mulvihill, a member of the Website Reporting Club].
“Our classroom is the whole Grand Center district,” Mr. Rubright explains. He’s referring to the amazing partnerships we have with neighboring organizations. These include the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Craft Alliance, the Pulitzer, Dance St. Louis, the Sheldon, the Black Rep and many more arts venues. Mr. Rubright’s job at GCAA is to find out which organizations have educational programs. “These partners have a need to reach out to students. It’s part of their mission.”
Part of reaching out to students is sometimes giving them free tickets to shows and doing workshops, which is exactly what our partners do. Recently Dance St. Louis has given GCAA students free tickets to see Carmina Burana at the Touhill. It was an incredible performance featuring instrumental and vocal music with dance. I thought it was a really creative performance, and I not only got one free ticket, but one for my mom too. GCAA has also been given free tickets to see War Horse at the Fox. Students in theater class have a workshop on Thursday during the day with some of the puppeteers from the show.
These are just some of the wonderful experiences GCAA students get to participate in. This is one of the reasons Mr. Rubright loves his job so much. He enjoys “creating unique learning opportunities for all of our students.” Mr. Rubright also loves seeing ideas come to life, and says improvisation and composition are a big part of his job. Thanks to our great partners in the arts and Mr. Rubright we are able to grow and learn in places that “extend beyond just our building.” Our classroom really is the whole Grand Center district, making it the biggest classroom in St. Louis.