March 11, 2013
Guilford County Schools (GCS) is now accepting applications for the fourth-annual Summer Arts Institute. Students who excel in the arts are invited to apply for the program by submitting an application to the arts educators at their school. Students will be selected based on a specific set of criteria that includes performance in arts classes, academic performance and discipline. Applications are due by March 28.
For the first time, GCS will offer two Arts Immersion Weeks programs, expanding the number of students who can participate. Students may apply to attend the program at Eastern High on June 24-27, or at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts on July 15-18. Both offer intensive instruction in band, orchestra, chorus, dance, theater and visual art and will finish with a performance and gallery walk.
The popular returning program "6 Strings and 88 Keys" will provide students with instruction on piano or guitar during the week of July 8-11 at Weaver Academy.
As in previous years, there are multiple opportunities for budding theater buffs to participate in a drama or musical production. This year's Shakespeare in the Park performance is "Richard III," produced in partnership with The Drama Center, a division of Greensboro City Arts, and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. The work will be performed at the outdoor amphitheater at Barber Park in Greensboro.
GCS and Community Theater of Greensboro will once again work together to produce a Broadway-style musical through the Stages of Learning program, which also allows children to learn about acting, choreography, directing, producing and stage management. This year's production is "Godspell Jr."
The Arts Immersion Weeks and the 6 Strings and 88 Keys programs require tuition of $100 per week, though scholarships are available for qualified students. For Shakespeare in the Park and the summer musical, students must audition and be cast in the programs. Audition dates and instructions are included in the
2013 Summer Arts Institute Program Guide
The Summer Arts Institute was an initiative of the GCS 2012 Strategic Plan that has been renewed and expanded through the 2016 Strategic Plan. For more information, contact GCS Arts Education Curriculum Specialist and Summer Arts Institute Program Manager Nathan Street at
or (336) 279-4926.