Arts Education

Ritz School of Performing Arts

Ritz School for the Performing Arts

Acting Class

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ritz Theatre School for the Performing Arts is to provide opportunities for
9th – 12th grade students who have a strong personal interest in, and aptitude for, the performing arts to receive a high-level of training in acting, vocal performance and choreography that will:

  • develop their individual talents and prepare each to perform successfully in group productions or as solo artists.
  • enable them to successfully pursue entry into an institute of higher learning and/or careers in the performing arts.
  • provide the opportunity to participate in a quality program that is intellectually stimulating, emotionally compelling, aesthetically enriching and personally relevant to their talents.
  • promote a desire for, and the understanding of, excellence in the performing arts.
  • foster an appreciation for the performing arts that will last a lifetime.
  • build advocates for the performing arts for future generations.
  • initiate a journey that promotes lifelong learning, human interaction, creativity and social awareness.

Vision Statement

The Ritz Theatre School for the Performing Arts is a high quality educational program for students in grades 9-12 that develops the whole person through a curriculum that enriches and provides practical application for the Alabama state standards for the performing arts. Our goal is to develop the talents and social skills of each student so that when they leave the program, they will be independent, cooperative, responsible and creative young adults with the performing arts skills and aesthetic understanding necessary to participate in and support the performing arts for a lifetime. We believe the skills and qualities learned in our program will prepare students to pursue further educational goals and allow them to contribute to the life and the well being of society as a whole.

Our Conviction

  • Participation in performing arts programs will unlock and support the artistic potential of our students.
  • The best discipline comes from a commitment to shared goals.
  • The performing arts encourage each individual to work in a creative, cooperative and collaborative manner while promoting independent thinking.
  • Students learn best in a participative and creative environment placed within a firm framework of high standards in teaching and learning.
  • Students need an understanding of, and access to, programs that encourage independence of thought and personal development in order to be successful in a technologically developing society.
  • Our program will prepare students to pursue further studies in performing arts at two-year or four-year institutions of higher learning.

TVMA Summer Studio

Each summer Tennessee Valley Museum of Art hosts a week-long summer studio art camp for young artists. They work with professional artists in various mediums all week to produce a portfolio or exhibition. More information on 2020’s Summer Studio coming soon!

Traveling Trunks

Traveling Trunks

Masters of the Past

The Prehistoric Cultures of the American Southeast

The Tennessee Valley Art Association provides six traveling trunks containing curricula and authentic reproductions relating to the prehistoric culture of northwest Alabama to 4th grade educators in the region’s public and private schools. The purpose of the trunks is to provide historically correct resource materials to enrich the study of Native American history at the elementary school level. A training session for using the contents of the trunks is included. The trunks are inspired by the Museum’s permanent exhibit of the Martin Petroglyph.

What do these images mean?

Many centuries ago an artist knelt beneath a bluff shelter, took tools in hand and began to carve images into the rocks. The artist decided to carve images of a snake slithering amid a trail of footprints. The meaning of these meticulous carvings may forever be a mystery. Still they may tell us much about the artist, his experience and ourselves.

Were these petroglyphs intended to represent some method of communication among the prehistoric people living in the area? Were they intended to record a particular event or to give warning to others of the dangers of the forest? Was their significance spiritual in nature or merely “art for art’s sake”? Whatever the intent, this work was created by the hand of one with whom we have much in common. The artist lived, worked and worshipped here in what we now call Colbert County, Alabama.

All artists create in order to express some aspect of their experience and to share their experience of the culture in which they create. Though the exact meaning of these images may be lost in time, the artist has left us a precious link between his work and ours.

Porcupine quill embroidery samples on brain tanned leather by Lally Bartman House Woven bag reproduction by Monica Newman Moore
Porcupine quill embroidery samples
on brain tanned leather
by Lally Bartman House
Woven bag reproduction
by Monica Newman Moore

Adult Workshops

Tennessee Valley Art Association provides opportunities for adults to participate in arts workshops at both the Ritz and Museum of Art. Workshops vary throughout the year. Workshop schedule for 2020 coming soon!