The Crispus Attucks Cultural Center and P.B. Young Sr. Elementary School hosted an academic awards presentation on June 5, 2013 to recognize students in grades 3 through 5 who participated in an after school tutoring program. Forty-two students received NOOK Simple Touch e-Readers for successfully completing at least 20 hours of tutoring.
By Rosaland Tyler
New Journal and Guide
Youngsters will explode on stage in colorful costumes and perform The Nutcracker at the Crispus Attucks Theatre Dec. 7 and 8 starting at 8 p.m.
Don’t expect to slide into a chair and see the typical performance that appears on TV or in theatres all over the nation during the holiday season. The original Nutcracker was written by Tchaikovsky as a two-act ballet in 1892 in Russia.
“But, this isn’t going to be a traditional Nutcracker... oh, no!” said Monty Ross, artistic director and operations manager of the Crispus Attucks Cultural Center. “This is going to be the Attucks Theatre Nutcracker!”
Ross worked with film maker Spike Lee at 40 Acres and a Mule on several films including the Academy Award winning, student- produced We Cut Heads. He has also produced ads for many companies including Nikes, Air Jordan, and Levi’s 501.
The Crispus Attucks Cultural Center is proud to be among the 50 finalists selected for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for its RISE! Program. This award is one of the Nation’s highest honors for outstanding after-school and out-of-school programs. Out of 373 nominations from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, RISE! is distinguished as one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country, and the only the only finalist from Virginia. If selected for the award, the CACC will be honored at a White House awards ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.