Education in the News
February 5, 2019
The new Marquee program will recognize Central Ohio’s top student talent.
Ten Central Ohio high schools have been chosen to participate in the inaugural CAPA Marquee Awards.
Modeled after the Tony Awards—considered the theater equivalent of the Oscars— the competition will evaluate students and their productions in eight categories, including best actor and actress in leading and supporting roles, Best Direction and Outstanding Student Orchestra Performance.
Broad and High
February 7, 2019
Community Spoken Word Project Inspired by the Themes from HAMILTON
In January 2019, in partnership with The Columbus Foundation, CAPA invited the community to participate in spoken word workshops and a Poetry Slam inspired by themes from the Broadway musical HAMILTON.
Community members of all ages were invited to explore the art form of spoken word through HAMILTON-inspired themes such as overcoming obstacles, being an agent of positive change, and creating a legacy. Teaching artists and poets Barbara Fant and William Evans led free, interactive spoken word workshops in which participants experimented with poetic techniques, drafted theme-inspired spoken word poems drawn from personal experiences, and shared works-in-progress for constructive critique. Seventy workshop participants ranging in age from 7-69 took part in the community workshops held throughout the city. Experience levels varied from first-timers to more seasoned poets.
On January 23, 2019, the program culminated in a Community Poetry Slam event in which 25 of the workshop participants had the opportunity to perform their completed poems for community attendees and a panel of judges comprised of local poets and educators, Steve Abbott, Kim Brazwell, Sidney Jones, Kim Leddy, Chiquita Mullins-Lee, and Scott Woods.
December 14, 2018
January 25, 2019
Dance Theatre of Harlem Dance Masterclass
Novmeber 15, 2018
On November 15, 2018, company members from the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alexandra Hutchinson and Dylan Santos, travelled to KIPP Elementary School to teach a 90-minute dance class to a group of 2nd through 5th graders. The class incorporated ballet and jazz, and the students had a chance to practice and demonstrate what they have been learning in their dance class at KIPP.
October 31, 2018
On October 30, 2018, CAPA provided tickets and busing for members of the Boys and Girls Club at Reeb Avenue Center to travel to the Ohio Theatre to attend Disney’s ALADDIN.
The next day, cast members, Michael Everett and Olivia Donalson, travelled to Reeb Avenue Center to lead a 60-minute health and wellness workshop with students. During the workshop, they shared their talents and encouraged the kids to embrace physical fitness and good nutrition. Using dance sequences inspired by the show’s thrilling production number “Arabian Nights,” they promoted fun ways that kids can lead healthier lifestyles through dance.