Northeast Alabama Community College believes in providing arts education opportunities. In addition to plays, a summer workshop is offered at the college for 50 students ages 10-15. Also offered are two FREE programs: Outreach, which takes place at high schools with a 50-minute presentation on arts opportunities for 9th graders, and Artreach, for invited 5th graders for a 3-hour educational workshop based upon the state arts curriculum. Lastly, about 1,400 students will attend two FREE daytime performances of the upcoming spring musical, Big Fish. One performance will be for Scottsboro and Jackson County, and one performance will be for Fort Payne and DeKalb County. The Scottsboro and Jackson County performance has been graciously sponsored by FNB Bank of Scottsboro.
"Arts education and performance is an important component of what Northeast does as a community college," stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. "I suspect that without Northeast many of these opportunities would not occur for most local students. I certainly commend our staff and students for their dedication in providing these services and we are pleased that the college with some help from local sponsors can financially offer these programs."
NACC is appreciative to the superintendents of Fort Payne City, Scottsboro City, DeKalb County, and Jackson County for promoting these programs within their school systems. Thanks also go to the principals, teachers, and bus drivers of Collins Elementary and several Jackson County schools (Skyline, Rosalie, Stevenson Middle, Flat Rock, and Bryant) for arranging for 400 total students to come to NACC for Artreach. Thanks also goes to the principals, teachers, and bus drivers of Fort Payne Middle and two DeKalb County schools (Geraldine & Sylvania) for arranging for 400 total students to come to NACC for Artreach, and to the principals and guidance counselors who arranged visits to 650 students at Scottsboro High, Plainview High, Woodville High, and Fort Payne High, for Outreach.
“We have to thank the staff at NACC for their outstanding support, and we would like to particularly thank Dr. Campbell, who generously supports arts education at NACC and in our area,” said McClung. “Finally, thanks to our fourteen drama scholarship students who are an invaluable resource to our program. Through our combined efforts with Artreach, Outreach, and finally Big Fish, we will have enhanced arts education for over 2,900 students. Congratulations to all involved!”
NACC invites everyone to the upcoming production of Big Fish to get a chance to see these incredible students and many community members in action. Performances are April 21-24 & 28-May 1. Tickets are currently on sale for only $5.00 each. For more information about tickets, contact the NACC Theatre Department Office at (256) 638-4418, ext. 2218, or visit our website at www.nacc.edu.
Mark Webb, Director of Theatre, applies special effects makeup to a 5th grader from Scottsboro City schools.
Allison Dixon of Scottsboro along with her other NACC drama scholarship students takes the ultimate selfie with 9th graders from Fort Payne High School.