JDS Creative Academy, a non-profit 501(c)(3), all about visual, performing and digital
arts, is involved in the community in several ways. The non-profit hosts an array of
different classes, events, camps and productions. In support of their mission to provide
education, training and apprenticeship through hands-on skill training, they provide
class for youth, teens and adults. Classes include Acting, Musical Theater, Backstage &
Set Design, Fashion & Costume Design, Script Writing and Photography.
JDSCA is able to accommodate the current health circumstances and is offering all
creative classes both virtually and in person. Classes will begin the week of August 24
and students’ work will be featured in the 2020 Winter Showcase that takes place
annually in December. As JDSCA’s main mission is to provide the opportunity to gain
creative enrichment, self-confidence, leadership and collaborative skills needed to
advance to higher arts education, each of the classes are structured to encourage
expressiveness in one’s gifts and talents. Not only are the classes taught by industry
professionals but the curriculum follows the STEAM model of education and
demonstrates the value of the arts.
Beyond the curriculum, arts education can assist in decision making and problem
solving, personal development, focus and perseverance, and is the foundation of
expression. Art is more than just design and beauty. It is an experience that is essential
to cognitive functioning and the expression of oneself. No matter the form or medium,
art inspires and enhances education, which is exactly what Diane and Scott Strand had
in mind when they founded JDS Creative Academy back in 2014. As visionaries from
the Hollywood scene, and successful entrepreneurs, they realized the lack of creative
opportunities here in Riverside County. Since then, it has been their mission to fill that
void in the community.
Call the studio at 951-296-6715 or visit https://jdscreativeacademy.org/programs-page/
for more information.