Fine Art Summer Academy Open to Students in Central Va.

July 10, 2014

The curtain is rising on a new summer academy for creative kids in the Commonwealth.

“The goal is to bring kids together about things they are passionate about. Kids who are involved in band, creative writing, art drama are passionate kids, like to work hard and those are the kids we’re are looking for," said Academy Administrator Doug Granger.

From July 21 to the 25th, middle and high school students across Central Virginia will have the chance to come together and hone in on those passions at the Summer Fine Arts Academy 2014’s “Learning From The Heart”. On the Friday, July 25, student will showcase their work with a concert and art showcase at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville.

Madison County High School student Jonathan Perry plays alto saxophone, and plans to attend the academy. Perry says he loves making music with his bandmates and is hoping to meet some new ones.

"Our band is like a big family. I get to hang out with my friends a lot and play with them and see how good they are and we challenge each other," Perry said.

Incoming Fluvanna County High School freshman Emily Newton also loves jazz music, but for her it's all about the flute. For Newton, the Summer Fine Arts Academy will be a chance to express herself.

"I like to play music that makes other people feel the emotions that are coming out of it," said Newton. "It helps me when I am feeling sad or angry at something. I can just play my flute and all the feelings flow right out."

The academy isn't just for students interested in jazz or blues; It also offers programs for dancers, singers, creative writers and actors, like Albemarle County student Jenny Ballard.

"I like to do plays. I did ‘Alice and Wonderland’ and that was really fun because of the costumes and sets it was just really cool," said Ballard.

Regardless of what they want to study, Granger says the program allows kids to explore and mold their talents.

“When a kid comes together to put on a performance, or display his or her work and it's meaningful to that child they are thinking critically and deeply about what they are doing.”

Granger says there are plenty of spaces available, especially for students interested in chorus and dance.

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