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A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Greetings and Universal Salutations!

With strengthened spirits and a resounding resolve, we yet arrive to another holiday season. Despite the tumultuous journey of 2020, we were able to navigate the currents of COVID, find refuge when needed in a collapsed economy, and recollect our internal fortitude to address head-on the social and structural systems that keep some oppressed. As we move forward, we do so under the tenets of faith, hope, and charity.

Do you hear what I hear? I hear our ancestors whispering that the holidays are a time of hope. A time of charity (giving) and a time of resolute faith. I would like to take the personal privilege of thanking all of our supporters -- every person and every organization/entity who poured into Christina over the last year, including during Giving Tuesday and our end-of-year campaign. Your gifts will surely assist in changing the trajectory of the lives of our youth.

I would like to thank our board of directors, faculty, staff, and other supporters who by faith took those steps on this journey not knowing how, what, or where our arrival would reflect. Our 'sleigh ride' of 2020 was truly a collective effort. And lastly, I would like to thank our families and students/scholars. Without your sacrifice, your hope, your desire for the collective joys and success of CCAC -- and in your trusting our process, we don't arrive to our here and now.

We understand and are empathetic that the ride wasn't the same for all of us. Some lost loved ones, couldn't spend their last days with loved ones, or see loved ones altogether. We all had to adopt to isolation, different delivery methods for our students and teachers, and fight head-on the fear of not knowing.

While we had to pivot delivery methods and slightly reshape operations, I am still amazed at how we were able to arrive to this point and in some respect, it's beyond my understanding. So while COVID-19 boasted with no remorse, and while we had to temporarily close our facilities for a few months, we were still able to impact the lives of over 2,700 visitors. We successfully carried out two recitals for our School of the Arts faculty and students while remaining aware of health and safety concerns. And, we drastically overhauled our ability to connect virtually, driven by new and exciting technology implementations.

So as we eagerly ascend into 2021, let it snow! Let the spirits speak from the heavens and shower down on us the many blessings in store. Let our children and their families find a renewed, unborn hope in a new year, a new day, and new beginnings. Let our communities and nations renew and lift every voice and sing 'til earth and heaven ring.

In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol -- almost reflective of 2020 for a lot of us -- we learn about the possibility of redemption, the damaging effects of isolation, and the importance of love and compassion. Some things were, and remain, out of our control. However, a few acts that all of us can freely exhibit is love and compassion.

So during this holiday season, spread a little love and embrace a spirit of compassion -- that may be the best gift that someone may receive. It transformed Scrooge from a miserly, greedy, and lonely man into an empathetic and kind individual, and it could have a tremendous impact on someone's life during the holidays and going in to 2021.

Happy holidays and Happy Kwanzaa! Be safe, be well.
James "Ray" Rhodes, Executive Director

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Next semester registration will begin January 11, 2021! Our next semester runs from January 11 to June 5, 2021.

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Our community will continue to have the opportunity to enroll in virtual and in-person instruction. Some classes, because of heightened safety measures, will be offered exclusively in a virtual format.

Drama, Vocal, and Saxophone, Brass & Woodwinds classes will ONLY be taught virtually.

Dance Classes - Starting January 2021

  • African
  • Hip Hop
  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Praise Dance
  • Teen/Adult Modern
  • Adult Jazz
  • Tap

Music Classes - Starting January 2021

  • Piano
  • Voice - Virtual only
  • Guitar
  • Saxophone, Brass & Woodwinds - Virtual Only

Other Classes - Starting January 2021

  • Early Childhood Movement
  • Karate
  • Drama - Virtual only
  • Yoga
  • Line Dancing

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This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.