Spring semester registration for the Academy of the Arts at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has begun, with registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Academy provides a curriculum of activities geared to children and teens and currently offers a preschool MusikGarten program, art classes for elementary-age children, private music lessons and music theory classes, as well as instrumental, choral and theatre programs.
Dr. Rosilee Walker Russell of Fort Smith, executive director of the Academy, said current students need to re-enroll now to ensure their spots in the programs offered. Students currently enrolled in one of the auditioned groups do not need to re-audition.
“Our fall semester has been exciting because of what we provided for students and because of enrollment growth,” she said. “Some activities and programs are limited on the number of students who can enroll, however, so enrollment growth means it might be harder to get into some of the Academy’s activities. That’s why it’s important to register quickly.”
Russell said the Academy gives children and teens an opportunity to make a connection to the arts and to one another.
“It’s just a great place for children and teens to explore their talents,” she said. “Once kids get involved, they don’t want to leave. Their artistic experience soars to new heights, and they really build their self-esteem. It’s a winning situation all the way around.”
Special events during the upcoming semester include a concert titled “4 Pianos & Some Kids” on Feb. 8, part of the Distinguished Artists Series; productions of “Once Upon a Mattress” on May 17-19 and “Singin’ in the Rain” on May 4-5, part of the ShowTime Series; and “101 Dalmatians” on April 20, presented by the Academy Kidz.
“Three trips are part of the Academy spring schedule as well,” said Russell, “a tour by the Children’s Choir to an Arkansas Naturals game, an art tour and a Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra tour. Our theatre companies also perform at libraries and retirement homes and for special events.”
Several Academy programs begin in early January, with others beginning later in the month.
Russell said the Academy also provides scholarship opportunities in all of the Academy’s programs. Scholarship applications are available on the Academy website at www.uafs.edu/academy. The website also has an events list and information pertinent to each program.
Enrollment in the Academy rose to 420 students in the 2012 fall semester, an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The numbers represent 71 schools from 22 districts.
For more information, contact Russell at 479-788-7546 or administrative specialist Sarah Taylor at 479-788-7253.