Valencia, April 23, 2007 – CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) is pleased to announce its third annual Summer Arts Program. This two-week intensive program offers creative experimentation in the arts for teenagers who are interested in exploring specific art forms, building their artistic skills and deepening their cultural understanding and personal expression. Students choose from workshops in one of five disciplines – Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, and Film/Video – each led by outstanding California Institute of the Arts faculty and student instructors. Visiting artists will also offer their expertise on a daily basis.
The program is free and open to students who are entering grades 10 through 12 or graduating from high school.
Maggie Nelson, Critical Studies faculty member and author of the recently published memoir, The Red Parts, will lead the class Creative Writing Intensive: Experiments in Autobiography. She commented on the CAP's unique learning environment. "In all of my teaching of creative writing – which has included undergraduate and graduate seminars and workshops, as well as visiting stints at festivals, conferences, and writing programs across the country – no experience has truly compared to CAP, in terms of raw energy, personal reward and a true feeling of hopefulness for the future." Ms. Nelson will direct the student's experiments with poetry, fiction and nonfiction.
She, and other members of the CalArts faculty, will provide college-level arts training to the students in the Summer Arts Program.
Marvin Tunney, of the School of Theater, will lead his class in exercises, basic dance steps and improvisational techniques. School of Art faculty member and video artist Chris Peters plans to guide students through the process of making their own films. School of Music faculty member Randy Gloss will focus on students playing their chosen instruments in ensemble and concert settings. Darcy Huebler, of the School of Art, designed her class to expand awareness of materials and techniques as well as promote an understanding of contemporary art.
Students in the program build skills and deepen their understanding of their chosen disciplines and their own creative process. In addition, they will learn to create a professional portfolio and prepare materials for college applications. Moreover, they will learn about college options and financial aid programs at a college fair.
The program is located at Plaza de la Raza, 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031. The workshops will take place from July 9 to the 20th, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CAP is a national leader in youth arts education. In 2004, it received a Coming Up Taller Award, the nation's highest honor for after school arts programs.
The application deadline for the CAP Summer Arts program is June 15th, 2007. For further information about this program or to download an application please go to www.cap.calarts.edu  or contact Carribean Fragoza, CAP Summer Program Coordinator at 661-253-7715 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
The CAP Summer Arts Program is made possible through the generous support of the James Irvine Foundation.
The CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) is in its 17th year providing innovative, imaginative, in-depth arts training for teenagers in 53 diverse neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. CAP is a partnership between CalArts and Armory Center for the Arts, Art-in-the-Park, Banning's Landing Community Center, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Inner-City Arts, KAOS Network, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, My Friend's Place, Plaza de la Raza, San Fernando Gardens Community Service Center, Santa Clarita Valley Boys and Girls Club, Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra, Self-Help Graphics & Art, Side Street Projects, Taking the Reins, Visual Communications, Watts Towers Arts Center, and William Reagh Los Angeles Photography Center. CAP offers arts training programs free-of-charge for elementary, middle and high school students in jazz, printmaking, photography, digital media, video, drawing, animation, dance, theater, puppetry, writing, chamber music, world music and graphic design.