Two CDs created on the new equipment

Two CDs created on the new equipment

It is a well-kept secret that a portion of a school’s financial investment of becoming an A+ school is in essence a savings plan. Each year, current A+ network schools are given a bank of funds. These funds are taken directly from the contracted fees and returned directly to the school…with a catch! The reserved funds are strictly for art materials, supplies, and resources for student use. Each school determines how to spend the money.

Each year, current A+ network schools are given a bank of funds. These funds are taken directly from the contracted fees and returned directly to the school…with a catch!

The CD publishing device

The CD publishing device

This past spring, Arkansas Arts Academy High School purchased a unique piece of capital equipment that takes student production to a whole new level. Students at AAA HS are no stranger to planning and producing performances. The drama department hosts a theatrical performance each semester, not to mention the guitar, choir and orchestra students perform at a variety of venues throughout the school year. Typical to most high school performances, if you missed the live show, you missed the audience experience. Students and faculty at AAA HS dared to dream, wouldn’t it be great if it were possible to record performances and produce the recordings?

That dream became reality in the spring of 2017, due to the strategic use of A+ reserved funds. AAA HS purchased a machine that can professionally produce CD recordings. This strategic purchase provides students an opportunity to fundraise for student programs, a valuable portfolio artifact for future college and career applications, not to mention a real-world experience to the industry of creative arts. Way to go, AAA HS!

To find out more about Arkansas Arts Academy and their upcoming events, visit www.artsk12.org.