The Center for Creative Education (CCE) is welcoming parents and potential Picassos, Bocellis and Leonardo DiCaprios to see if their creative interests are a match for a new 3-year initiative, the Discover Series.
Two open houses will be hosted to give parents and their children more information about the Center’s newest program the Discover Series. Aimed at parents with third-grade students that might have wondered if their child is a potential Picasso or Oscar-bound actor, prima ballerina or concert cellist, award-winning author or roving reporter.
The signature program will officially begin on June 17, at CCE, and will offer 60 rising third-grade students a unique opportunity to discover their passion for the arts – including music, dance, theater, visual arts and media. Partial or full scholarships are available on an as needed basis, thanks to an anonymous $250,000 donation. The students do not have to have a specific talent or art experience. CCE is looking for kids with curiosity, a strong commitment to study the arts and the discipline to attend the weekly classes on a regular basis. Applications to the program will only be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The non-profit CCE served nearly 13,000 Palm Beach County students last year – using the arts to educate and inspire creative thinking in Palm Beach County classrooms and after-school programming. Many of the students involved in CCE’s programming are at risk of educational failure. Through their exploration of the arts, students learn commitment, discipline, open-mindedness, team-building and creative thinking – necessary skills for developing the whole child.
The Discover Series completes the circle of arts education that the Center for Creative Education provides: arts-integrated curriculum, arts-enhanced curriculum and art as curriculum. They have long been linking arts and academics in their “LEAP” program, in which a CCE teaching artist and a classroom teacher collaborate to teach the content of art and another subject. Their after-school program, “CADRE”, uses art as a “hook” to reinforce classroom studies. Now CCE’s Discover Series will offer instruction in “art for art’s sake”, allowing third graders to explore a range of art forms and decide what sparks their creativity.