Project S.T.A.G.E.

Project S.T.A.G.E. (Students, Teachers, Artists: Generating Excellence)
April 25-26, 2019

The Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation presents the second annual Project S.T.A.G.E. (Students, Teachers, Artists: Generating Excellence) Festival in partnership with the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts Initiative and six Title 1 schools located in North Des Moines. The Festival kicks off with a collaborative, professionally-produced stage show featuring song, dance, spoken word and more. Day two of the Festival includes peer-to-peer performances of Broadway Junior™ musicals.  The Festival also includes a student-driven photography art show, and presentations by teachers to win micro grants to further integrate arts into their classrooms.

The Turnaround Arts Initiative began in 2012 under the President's Committee's partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council. The program is about integrating the arts into all academic disciplines to spur learning and achievement across the board.

Turnaround Arts schools receive an array of arts education services designed to increase their opportunities for success, engage in their communities, and raise the visibility of their achievements. Key to those efforts is arts education programming that is rigorous effective and integrated holistically into the school, as well as strategically targeted to address broader school challenges.

DAY 1: Thursday, April 25
4:00-6:00 PM: #ourdesmoines photography art show
This is a student art show of photography of a reflection of their life in Des Moines.

6:00-8:00 PM: Talent Show
The Northside Spanish Club; Andre Davis; Tiona Sanbulte; Findley Half-Pint Poets; Capoeira; Kristopher Roberts & Emily Lang; Oak Park Creative Writing Club; Harding Strings; Champagne Harris; Andre Davis and Motide; DJ IZ Avila and the Harding Breakerz

Turnaround Artist: DJ IZ Avila
Aside from acquiring five Grammys in music, numerous nominations as a songwriter/producer and selling over 40 million records to date in Pop music, IZ Avila has traveled the world as the DJ for Usher for the last six years. He performed for Obama’s 2013 inauguration in Washington DC and SOLD OUT 5 shows at the 02 Arena and even for Bill Clinton’s Charity event at the Hollywood Bowl with Bono of U2 & Stevie Wonder. In addition to his chops as an accomplished Drummer, Percussionist and Bassist, IZ Avila is perhaps best known for his mastery of his MPC3000, his turntables, crates of vinyl and world-renowned live DJ work and musical production with superstar artists.

DAY 2: Friday, April 26
The public is invited to come watch the Broadway Junior™ Musicals
9:00 AM: Oak Park Elementary - The Little Mermaid
10:20 AM: Moulton Elementary - Aladdin
11:00 AM: Cattell Elementary - Seussical The Musical
12:10 PM: Harding Middle School - The History of the Seven Dwarfs
1:45 PM: Madison Elementary - Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn
2:35 PM: Findley Elementary - The Lion King