On Saturday, June 8th, from 3-5pm, the ACT-SO team will meet at Liberty Station to enjoy one another’s company, graze from the Public Market, and talk about how this ACT-SO season went and what could make it better next year.
We would LOVE for any of our students, parents, and volunteers to come and chat with us about what you liked, what you didn’t like and what you’d like us to try.
We would also welcome anyone with input to come hang out with us and help brainstorm–just be warned: you will probably be asked to help with anything you suggest!
If you plan to come, please drop us a line at [email protected] so we can arrange for you to find us.
The ACT-SO Showcase is coming up fast, on April 27th at the fabulous World Beat Center. We have nine students across 13 competitions, so it’s going to be a very busy day. However, there will be frequent intermissions and you’re free to watch only those competitions that interest you. There’s a lot to see both in the Beat and in the Park outside, so there is plenty to do while you are waiting.
Our day will be divided into two major blocks; 1-3pm and 3-5pm. Each block will be divided into multiple sections of related competitions. Once the 3-5pm block ends, we will present the scores and the Showcase will be done.
PLEASE ARRIVE WELL BEFORE THE START OF YOUR BLOCK. We cannot give you an exact start time, as things inevitably change as the day goes forward. If you are in the 1-3pm block, please arrive by 12:30pm. If you are in the 3-5pm block, please arrive by 2:30pm. When you arrive, check-in at the student table, and you will be directed to the Green Room to wait to compete.
IF YOU MISS YOUR PERFORMANCE TIME, other competitors will be called to perform. Once all the other competitors in your section (Visual Arts, Music, Humanities, STEM, Performing Arts (Spoken)) have gone, you will have another opportunity. IF YOU ARE STILL NOT PRESENT AT THAT TIME, YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO COMPETE.
We will seat all the judges for a single section (Visual Arts, Music, Humanities, STEM, Performing Arts (Spoken)) at one time. You may not be judging each competition in the section, but please don’t wander off into traffic until the whole category is finished!
Presentation of Scores
We will present scores at the end of the entire competition. If you are in the 1-3pm block, your scores WILL NOT be available until then. Be sure to come back at 5pm if you want to get your score!
Presentation of Awards and Scholarships
The awards and actual scholarship checks will be presented at the NAACP San Diego Branch General Membership Meeting at 6pm on May 2nd, 2019, in the Community Room at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid.
More Volunteers Desperately Needed!
We are looking for 8-12 more volunteers for the Showcase. We need people for setup, teardown, to run a video camera, to welcome students, judges, and other volunteers, and more. Please write us at [email protected] if you can help!
Breaking news! The ACT-SO Showcase will be held at the fantastic World Beat Center in Balboa Park!
Join us to celebrate the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific talents of African-American high school students on April 27th!
The exact schedule of events is not yet finalized, but the various competitions will begin at 1pm and finish by 5pm. A detailed schedule will be available soon, so you can decide which competition(s) you want to see.
We are absolutely thrilled to announce a partnership with the San Diego Young Artists Music Academy!
Here is how SD-YAMA describes itself:
San Diego Young Artists Music Academy (SDYAMA) offers a wide variety of programs in vocal, instrumental, choir, dance and many other positive activities in a healthy and safe environment. Our programs help develop culturally relevant and artistic activities for our students that promotes positive self-esteem and good order and discipline for young people. We make youth aware of their potential for creative self-expression and development. We foster a continuing interest in music and arts as a future career. We are also exposing our students to positive images, interacting and understanding between different cultures.
The San Diego Young Artists Music Academy is a 501(c) (3) whose mission is to enhance the lives of youth through music education and performances as deterrents to the drugs, gangs and violence prevalent in their communities.
SD-YAMA has very kindly agreed to share the cost with us of providing professional music instruction for our ACT-SO music competitors. Not only is their financial contribution greatly appreciated, but they also have a pool of instructors at the ready, saving ACT-SO from having to find, recruit, screen and schedule such lessons. We are beyond delighted to have SD-YAMA aboard!