Multiple Congratulations Are In Order

First, Preather Preuitt has made the All-State Honor Choir. This is the highest honor a choir student can achieve in the state of Missouri. He earned one of only four spots for basses in the St. Louis Metro area. Plus, we had three students audition for and make Metro 8, an honors ensemble comprised of the best musicians from each city school, private school and the Fort Zumwalt School District. The three students were Imani Smith (8th Grade, Double Bass), Madison Hathaway Wheeler (8th Grade, Violin) and Kareemah Thomas (11th Grade, Viola). These students and the other members of the ensemble put in a lot of hard work to have a successful concert. As always we are so proud of our students! Keep up the good work!

GCAA Webmaster Moving On . . . Welcome, Standpoint!

I have really enjoyed serving as Webmaster of GCAA, ever since 2011.  Since then, I have had the privilege of posting thousands of photos of GCAA students, hundreds of posts and creating dozens of videos featuring administrators, teachers and students. I hope you have enjoyed these postings.  I have been honored to do this job, most of this work occurring during the years while my daughter JuJu Vieth attended GCAA. But now it is time to move on--I will be tending to my law practice and whatever else comes my way. The new Webmaster for this website will be Standpoint, and I wish them all the best. Erich

GCAA 9th Grade Physics Students Study How to Slow Down Falling Eggs

GCAA Physics teacher Alicia Dunn invited me to her 9th Grade Class to watch her students figure out how to slow down falling eggs.  There is a serious reason to study deacceleration - - it's the principle on which air bags work.  The supplies given to the students were extremely limited (see the instructions here and here). And then the eggs fell.  Everyone seemed to be having a good time in the end, except for the eggs, who were smiling earlier on.  

GCAA Freshman Ashton Patterson to Exhibit at Shaw Art Fair

15-year old GCAA Freshman Ashton Patterson will be exhibiting his work at the Fall 2017  Shaw Art Fair, a large juried art fair held annually in the Shaw Neighborhood.
Ashton has been interested in photography for a few years.  He  took his first photography class in the 2017 spring semester at GCAA.  His interest peaked last summer when his family's food truck was hired to feed the band members of Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin back stage at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.  Ashton took a photo of two members of Breaking Ben wearing the family's food truck's tee shirts and received many compliments on the composition. Realizing that he could do so much more with a "real" camera than he could with is iPhone, a spark ignited.
After having several photos selected for the GCAA Art Show, Ashton began thinking about participating in larger venues.  Since his family has always attended the Shaw Art Fair and has purchased many pieces there, this was a natural goal.  Ashton submitted four of his photos to be reviewed by the jury and was one of 12 photographers accepted out of more than 20 applicants.  The average score of the selected photographers was 16.6; Ashton scored 17.  Applicants come from all over the US, including some international artists.  Ashton's mother has been told by several people associated with the Historic Shaw Art Fair that Ashton is the youngest artist ever to be selected.
Congratulations to Ashton!
[Information for this story provided by Kimberly Patterson].

GCAA Students in Orbit over upcoming experiments

A team of GCAA eighth grade students coached by GCAA teachers teachers Andrew Goodin, Luke Stegmann and Alicia Dunn are featured in this KSDK Channel 5 story.   The students have been chosen to send experiments into outer space! As detailed in this article at the Confluence site:
GCAA, in partnership with Enterprise in Space, is sending student experiments into space on a rocket. The launch is May 20 from the Spaceport in New Mexico.

GCAA’s Brandon Riley Nominated for Best Performance Award by Arts for Life

GCAA's Matt Frederickson & Lisa Kaczmarczyk received the following letter from Kimberly Klick, who is on the Board of Directors of Arts for Life:

ARTS FOR LIFE is recognizing Brandon Riley with a nomination for our 18th BrandonRiley-Theater-212x300AnnualBest Performance Awards for Community Musical Theatre.  This year’s nominations have selected Brandon for his award worthy achievement of Best Direction of a Youth Musical Production for the musical Oliver! by St. Louis Summer Players. Over 1,338 participants were eligible for nominations this year.  ARTS FOR LIFE is dedicated to recognizing, supporting and promoting community theatre in the Metro-St. Louis area.  We salute these volunteers and encourage their talent that only enriches our community and our culture.

We would like your help in congratulating Brandon on this outstanding accomplishment.  If you have a newsletter, please consider an article about his artistic endeavors.  A portion of our press release follows below.  You may check our website for information about our organization:

The awards event is open to the public, and production numbers from many nominated shows will be presented to showcase the “Best of the Best” from last year’s musical theatre productions.  We would love to have Brandon’s associates present to show support.

Please also consider purchasing an advertisement in our program to congratulate Brandon on this outstanding achievement. Rates are listed on the enclosed flyer. Deadline is May 9th. Your advertisement would reach 650+ arts patrons/performers at our event and over 1200 through our newsletter, website & social media campaigns. We are very proud of all the people who volunteer their time to bring the Arts to the St. Louis community, and hope that you will help us recognize their efforts.  From this collaborative endeavor, we all win in the long run—and it is, indeed, a fun run!

Thank you for your consideration.


Kimberly Klick

AFL Board of Directors

AFL provided this information about the 18th Annual Best Performance Awards, to be held June 11, 2017. Arts for Life Describes itself as follows:

As we watch music education and theatre programs rapidly die in our schools, the need to keep community theatre alive is more important now, than ever. ARTS FOR LIFE, a non-profit organization with the mission of “Making A Dramatic Difference”, is passionate about the healing power of the performing arts, and is proud to salute, support, and serve the theatre groups in the Metro-St. Louis area. ARTS FOR LIFE is dedicated to promoting public awareness of local community theatre, encouraging excellence in the arts, and acknowledging the incredible people who are a part of it. ARTS FOR LIFE is also committed to supporting charitable programs in helping children, the under-served, and the community.

Each year, ARTS FOR LIFE conducts a special event, The Best Performance Awards for community musical threatre. This event is to recognize the incredible talent we have in St. Louis community theatre, and honor the passion and dedication of those who build this amazing, and unique theatrical community.

Arts for Life Sponsorship Form