For several weeks, Matt Washausen of UMSL (University of Missouri – St. Louis) worked with high school students from Grand Center Arts Academy as part of his senior thesis. The result was: “Audio Chroma.” In the following video, Washausen discusses his work during the December 16, 2016 exhibition of Audio Chroma at UMSL Fine Arts Building Gallery.
I’m posting this article to share pictures of projects my students did this week. As part is our Earth science lessons, they were assigned a strange geologic formation. I used the “Believe It or Not’s” list of 25 strangest geologic formations. These are some of the projects that the kids came up with. They had to research and present them to the class. Some were edible so I don’t have pictures of those because we ate them 😉. The exception is Skaftafell, in Iceland, which is the double layer cake in the picture. We had the wherewithal to take a picture of it first. The other ones represented are Gibson’s steps in Australia; Devils Tower in Wyoming; the Cave of Crystal in Mexico and the Puerto Princesa underground river in the Philippines.
There were many additional projects, although some of the kids have already taken their projects home …
The Laramie project is based on a true story in Laramie, Wyoming where a group of artists and reporters from New York travel to Laramie to document the death of Matthew Shepard. The play portrays a word for word reenactment of interviews given by those who were involved in the incident, and investigations conducted to seek the truth about his death.
One of GCAA’s graduates from last year was spotted on the American Music Awards this year. Carly Lawrence danced at the nationally televised show during the performance of the music group, The Chainsmokers. Lawrence can be seen in the photo (below) of GCAA seniors graduating last year, bottom row, second from the right. Lawrence can also be seen in the screenshot from the Show (bottom photo).
Two GCAA students will be performing in a professional dance production on September 18. Jordan Siemens is a member of the crew, and Carly Lawrence is a guest performer. For details, see below:
Dear Dance Faculty and Mr. Frederickson,
I’m so happy to share that you have two GCAA students that will be performing in a professional dance production on Sept 18th. It’s called “DiversCity” and put on my TigerStyle Crew! (based out of KC, but members live all over the states). Jordan Siemens is a member of the crew, and Carly Lawrence is a guest performer. I was hoping you might be able to share that information with parents and dancers. The crew is also doing 3 stops at 3 studios that Friday Sept 16th and Sat Sept 17th in the STL area. Any dancers attending those workshops have the opportunity to also perform in the production that Sunday night!!! I’ll include that info below in case you can share it; both for the workshops (great opp for other GCAA students) and the show information as well.
Thank you for all you do,
SUNDAY SHOW DAY SEPT 18th:
Where: West County YMCA- Chesterfield Community Theatre
16464 Burkhardt Pl, Chesterfield, MO 63017 PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diverscity-a-tigerstyle-crew-production-tickets-26470486939
(these times are in flux currently for the “dancer call/rehearsals/breaks”. We will be reposting these shortly, but this is an outline that would be similar)
2:00pm Dancer Call (get them checked in and Warm-Up from 2:15pm-2:30pm on stage)
2:30pm Rehearsals start sometime between 2:30-3pm?
3pm-5:30pm Rehearsals (ish)
5:45pm-6:15pm dinner break for dancers
6:15pm Doors open for VIP SEATING
6:30pm Doors open for General Admission
7pm-8:30pm or 9pm show, pic with VIPS etc..
I stopped by GCAA today to see how things were going on the first day of school for 2016-2017. There was a lot of enthusiasm, as you can see.
But then I noticed something a bit unusual. Usually when a high school student graduates from a school, he/she no longer attends that school.
Not the case with JuJu Vieth (above photo, right side), who was at school on the opening bell, to say hello and goodbye to friends and favorite teachers, before leaving next week to attend Loyola University Chicago, where she will study nursing.
A local high school vocalist has been named a national finalist for the American Songbook Academy®. Viktor Freesmeier, of St. Louis, MO (Grand Center Arts Academy), will join vocalists from across the country for a seven-day Academy on interpreting and performing the music of the Great American Songbook.