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Grand Arts is proud to present an original music video Dream It! Do It!
Showcasing Grand Arts students following their dreams!
Directed and Choreographed by Debbie Allen
Student-Directed Plays in April
Buy tickets for the Student-Directed Plays show here:
The Grand Arts Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony is here at Grand Arts on the Upper Quad on Thursday, June 8 at 5:00 p.m.
The 2nd Annual Grand Arts Mindfulness and Wellness Fair will be Thursday, April 20, 3–6. This Girls Build L.A. event features many of our clubs and community agencies that are promoting wellness and stress reduction. We will have a photo booth, food trucks, puppies to pet (with parent consent form), fun activities and lots of information to make your life sweeter. Please join us for this chill event!
National Student Art Winners
The Scholastic National Level Awards have been announced and Grand Arts students earned NINE national awards. We salute the following students for being selected by a jury panel of esteemed arts professionals and professors as having some of the strongest artwork in the nation. Those students with "National Gold Key" distinction are invited to attend a show of their work at the Carnegie Hall in New York City this June.
Grand Arts Dominates Scholastic Awards--AGAIN!
The 2017 results are in! Grand Arts students garnered 346 total awards, the highest total in the entire Western United States for the third year in a row. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world. For the 2017 program, students across America submitted thousands of original works in 29 different categories of art and writing. Grand Arts congratulates the students in this link for their individual Scholastic honors.
Grand Arts Theatre Student Succeeds in Competition
Congratulations to Theatre Academy junior Ella Kopeikin, who was the 1st runner up for the City of Los Angeles' English Speaking Union competition. Should the first place winner be unable to move on to the finals, Ella will take her place on the Broadway stage in New York this May!
Grand Arts Acting Majors SWEEP August Wilson Competition: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place!
National Finals Newsflash!
On May 1st, Aryana and Alexander will travel to New York City where they will attend a Broadway show, work with two of August Wilson's closest collaborators--director Kenny Leon and dramaturg Todd Kreidler, and explore popular Manhattan attractions before making their Broadway stage debuts at The August Wilson Theatre along with finalists from all over the country. Grand Arts salutes our magnificent theatre program!
Grand Arts Alum in Oscar-Winning Moonlight
Congratulations to Ashton Sanders (Grand Arts Class of 2013) for his remarkable performance in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture of 2016, Moonlight. Ashton had leads in La Llorona and Dreamgirls while at Grand Arts and is now starring in this independent film that has taken the country by storm. We are proud to acknowledge this important event and wish Ashton all the best in his future endeavors.
Grand Arts Student Winner at Rotary Club Competition
Congratulations to Visual Arts Academy sophomore Dyllen Nellis for winning the local Rotary Club art competition with her artwork entitled "Age of Bloom." She received a $300 cash award and a chance to move on to the Los Angeles city-wide round of competition.
Grand Arts Student A YoungArts Hip Hop Winner
Grand Arts senior Arthur Richardson III won a Silver award for Hip Hop Dance at the national YoungArts competition in Miami! In addition to national recognition, the silver medal comes with a $5000 cash prize. Congratulations, Arthur!
Grand Arts Alum in Academy Award-Nominated Moonlight
The October 24th edition of The New Yorker includes a rave review of both Moonlight and our own Ashton Sanders—with a full-page photograph of Ashton!
Not only did Ashton take rigorous academic classes, but he also participated in major theatre productions—including our school's first major production, La Llorona and, under Mr. Goldyn's direction, The Crucible. Ashton encapsulated VAPA's mission and vision of arts and academic integration; this article is a great reminder of our school's unique, powerful duality:
(Courtesy of Ms. Ahn.)
Grand Arts Student Wins CETA
Grand Arts Theatre Academy student Benét Benton (Ouiser Boudreaux) won the California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) High School Theatre Festival honors for Best Actress! Congratulations, Benét!
Theatre Academy Honors
Steel Magnolias wins 3rd Place over all CETA-Adjudicated shows in L.A. County
The cast and crew of our Fall 2016 production of Steel Magnolias will be honored at the CETA Conference this weekend, Jan. 14–15, 2017! CETA is the California Education Theatre Association, which sends out professional adjudicators to review high school theatre throughout northern and southern California. Shows are reviewed in the areas of acting, directing and technical theatre. This is the third time in three years that we have been honored among the top three shows in L.A. County!
Music Academy Student Wins Composition Competition
The American Composers Forum (ACF) has announced the winners of the second annual NextNotes™ High School Composition Awards. NextNotes is a national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music composition regardless of musical style.
Lucy’s winning composition was …i hope the seawinds blow it out of mind… for flute, cello, and vibraphone.
All six NextNotes winners will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota in June for mentorship with leading professional composers Carol Barnett, Joshua Clausen, and Joseph Horton, as well as rehearsals and performance of their winning works by professional musicians.
Click the NextNotes logo for more information.
Master Musician Visits Grand Arts
World-renown violinist Movses Pogossian visited Grand Arts for a master class with students in our Symphonic Orchestra. Left to right: Frank Heuser, Head of Music Education at UCLA; Dolores Loaeza, Concert Master of Grand Arts Symphonic Orchestra; Movses Pogossian, UCLA music professor; Anjelina Lopez Rosende, Music Education Student at UCLA; Michael Gasparik, Director of Symphonic Orchestra at Grand Arts.
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Grand Arts Faculty Member Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to Grand Arts music teacher Stormy Sacks for earning the prestigious Ed Lester Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary career as a musical director. Mr. Sacks was honored at the 5th Annual Jerry Herman High School Musical Theatre Awards held at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Bravo!
White House Education Director Visits Grand Arts
Alejandra Ceja (center), Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, visits Grand Arts for College Signing Day on behalf of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” Program.
2016 Graduation Pictures--Order Now!
Here's the link to view and obtain prints of photos taken at the June 9 Commencement:
Grand Arts in LAUSD Daily
Our school and students were featured in a recent article in LAUSD Daily. Click the photo to read the whole piece!
Star of LA Opera’s production of Madame Butterfly, Ana María Martínez, visited Grand Arts to speak to our students. Her life story and encouragement to follow a passion for the arts proved inspiring to all. Grand Arts received 30 tickets to attend her closing performance, after which she made time to see our students once more, answer questions, and even do a little vocal coaching. Brava!
Debbie Allen (Founder and Artistic Director of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy) and Misty Copeland (American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer) at Grand Arts after both offered Master Classes in dance to Grand Arts students. Photo by Marcella Delgado, Grand Arts Visual Arts student.
Grand Arts Alumnus Wins LAMC Competition
Our very own William Cabison, 2013 Grand Arts graduate and now a music major at UCLA, just won the Los Angeles Master Chorale's Young Composers Contest! His composition will be performed by the Master Chorale April 22 at Disney Hall! More information . . .
Grand Arts Students Dominate Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
We had 251 total awards given to our students--the highest total in the entire Western United States--for the second year in a row. The next-closest school took 170! For a complete list of the 72 Grand Arts awardees, see the Weekly Bulletin for February 29.
Rotary Club Student Art Competition
Congratulations to Leila Sandoval who won 2nd place for the City of Los Angeles in the Rotary Student Art competition for 2016.
Here's a sample of Leila's art:
Marlborough Invitational Art Exhibition
Congratulations to the following students who are participating in the Marlborough Schools' Invitational Art Exhibition. Students from some of the best art high schools in LA are invited and the students representing Grand Arts are:
2015-2016 August Wilson Monologue Competition
Grand Arts students Mylan Johnson and Aryana Williams have advanced to the Semi-Final round of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, to be held on Monday February 29 at the Mark Taper Forum. Monday’s winners will perform in the National Final Competition at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway.
Grand Arts Recognized as Top School in Arts Equity by LAUSD
Grand Arts Students Performed at L.A. Central Library
As part of the Changing America exhibit at the magnificent Central Library in downtown Los Angeles, Grand Arts students performed in the Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. The performance included an historical review of the civil rights movement and its modern-day lessons, which was followed by discussion led by a panel of scholars and community leaders.
Grand Arts Music Academy Junior Terran Artis has been named one of the six best high school jazz musicians in Los Angeles by the Thelonius Monk/Los Angeles Peer-to-Peer Jazz Sextet. Terran’s first gig with the sextet was at the Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards telecast) in Hollywood on November 15. They played on the same bill with Patti Austin, George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Al Jerreau, Arturo Sandoval, Wayne Shorter, and more. The event was hosted by Seth McFarlane, Andy Garcia, Jeff Goldblum, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Grand Arts salutes you, Terran!
Young Arts Finalist
Eleventh grade Visual Arts student Olivia Winslow has been invited to Miami as a 2016 Young Arts Foundation finalist. Congratulations, Olivia!
August Wilson 2015 Competition
The following Grand Arts students advanced to the semifinal round of the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Congratulations!
ABT at Grand Arts!
American Ballet Theatre brought its Make a Ballet on Tour program to two schools in Los Angeles this Fall, Gabriella Charter School and Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. Both schools worked with ABT’s Make a Ballet dance and design teaching artists October 9-16, 2015. The program culminated in a showing of the two schools' work at Cortines High School on Friday, October 16.
Make a Ballet on Tour, the traveling arm of American Ballet Theatre’s award-winning Make a Ballet program, is a one-week intensive residency program that tutors students in various aspects of ballet and stagecraft including choreography, performance, set and costume design. This residency, which reaches approximately 200 students, will explore ABT’s production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. All participating students will be invited to attend a dress rehearsal of ABT’s The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts in Costa Mesa on December 10. American Ballet Theatre’s Make a Ballet on Tour in Los Angeles is made possible by Ellen and Harry Levitt, Jane and Ron Koblin, Robert and Alicia Levitt, Julie and Kenneth Moelis, Stewart Smith and Robin Ferracone, Stephanie and Leon Vahn, and Mary Jane Wagle. For more information on Make a Ballet on Tour and other ABT educational outreach programs, please visit www.abt.org/education/programsforschools.asp.
Art Student Honored with National Tour
Grand Arts student Josue Lopez's art work His Past Lives has been selected for the Art.Write.Now.Tour 2015–2016, the national travelling exhibition of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. His work will be featured at galleries, museums, and cultural spaces in Florida, Indiana, South Dakota, and Nevada.
August Wilson Competition Recap
MOCA Teen Night Features 10 Grand Arts Students
Congratulations to the following VAPA students who were selected for the exhibition at MOCA Teen Night April 11 at MOCA Geffen in Little Tokyo! Jasmin Ortega, Jung Hun Lee, Derek Luu, Camille Papa, Molly Kleinman, Crystal Sandoval, Jackson Crites, Patrick (PJ) Buckmar, Michelle Morales, Besso Mercado.
Grand Arts Visual Arts Students Excel in National Scholastic Awards
The following Visual Arts Academy Students received a total of 7 National Scholastic Awards:
Their efforts represent the top artworks in the nation as chosen by a jury panel of professors, art professionals and artists. The gold medal recipients are invited along with their teachers and families to a national gala ceremony and art show of their work at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Congratulations, students and teachers! This is our highest number of national Scholastic awards ever!
Grand Arts YoungArts Winner
Grand Arts Visual Arts Academy student Olivia Winslow is a YoungArts award winner, one of 850 students nationwide chosen for this honor. Congratulations, Olivia!
Grand Arts Artists Get the Gold
Going for Gold, the title of our current student art show, refers to our students' collective attempts and efforts to create the best artwork they can in pursuit of Gold Key Award distinction in the prestigious annual National Scholastic Art competition. In 2014 we went up against literally every private, public, and charter school in California for this event and emerged with the second highest total of awards in the state.
This year California was merged into the West Region-at-Large, so we were up against all schools not only in California but also in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming as well. How did we do? Grand Arts students won more awards (159) than any other school in the entire west region!
Music Center Spotlight Award Winners
Grand Arts had two big winners in the Music Center's annual Spotlight Theatre Awards! Shan Shaikh received third place/honorable mention and $1,000. Wayne Mackins was chosen as one of the two Grand Prize Winners and will receive $5000 in addition to his performing at Disney Hall. Congratulations to you both for your outstanding work!
August Wilson Monologue Competition Finalists
We are thrilled to announce that five of our student actors—Paul Vincent III, Philip Patrick Bucknor, Trecey Dory, Wayne R. Mackins-Harris, and Wendy R. Morrow—were among the 12 Regional Finalists for Center Theatre Group's August Wilson Monologue Competition.
Five Grand Arts Students Recognized by YoungArts
Congratulations to each of our student winners, as well their faculty, for their individual excellence and achievement. Grand Arts is proud to announce five winners this year:
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