Project S.T.A.G.E.

Project S.T.A.G.E. (Students, Teachers, Artists: Generating Excellence)

Thursday, April 14, 2022 – 9 AM-2 PM (individual school performance times to be determined)
Oak Park Elementary - Aladdin
Moulton Elementary – Aristocats Kids
Cattell Elementary – The Jungle Book Kids
Harding Middle School – School House Rock Jr.
Madison Elementary – Madison Musical Medley
Findley Elementary – Seussical the Musical Kids

All events are open to the public, free of charge. Keep in mind, COVID-19 mitigation procedures may be in place and enforced upon entering the facility.

The Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation, in partnership with the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts Initiative and six Title 1 North Des Moines schools, will present the Project S.T.A.G.E. (Students, Teachers, Artists: Generating Excellence) Festival after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The Festival includes peer-to-peer performances of Broadway Junior™ musicals and will take place on Thursday, April 14, 2022.  Birdies For Charity is the sponsor for this event.

In addition to the student musical performances, presentations will be given by teachers to win micro grants to further integrate arts into their classrooms. Micro grants are being funded by the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation, Des Moines Public Schools Foundation, and the Des Moines Women’s Club.

Turnaround Arts is a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The initiative began in 2011 under the President's Committee's on the Arts and the Humanities, along 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.