Real world art experiences
JSA students have the opportunity to experience art and art culture. Recently, they traveled to northeast Ohio venues to attend performances of The Taming of the Shrew, Billy Elliot and A Chorus Line, participated in master classes in all arts disciplines, visited museums in Cleveland, Akron, and Canton, studied at Kent State University, and toured the Abercrombie & Fitch design headquarters in Columbus.
The meraki Gallery
The Meraki Gallery is a non-profit, student-run art gallery and exhibition space at Jackson High School. Students from the Jackson School for the Arts are responsible for all administrative and artistic roles including directors, curators, installers, and marketers.
JSA is enhanced by partnerships and collaboration with Artists in Residence and art organizations, as well as the University of Akron and Kent State University. These partnerships allow students to explore relationships between academics, the arts and the community.
student member organizations
Elec Simon served as an Artist in Residence to create an empowering and powerful rhythmic experience reminiscent of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival.
A self-taught and renowned percussionist and tap dancer, Elec Simon is an influencer in the world of music, dance, and youth empowerment. In addition to featured performances including his role in the Broadway performance of STOMP, Simon also dedicates time and talent to working with young people including high-risk youth. His mission is to use percussion, music, dance and encouragement to empower and inspire young people, and to promote positive relationships based upon mutual respect.