George Caleb Bingham Academy of the Arts


Fine arts students in grades 9-12 may enroll in the GCB Academy of the Arts summer program. The program is open to students from all public, private or parochial schools as well as home school students in Independence and the surrounding area.

Transportation, medical and photo/media releases must be submitted along with your transcripts and GCB application. Documents may be emailed, faxed, mailed or submitted in person to the Music/Arts Institute located at 1010 S. Pearl Street.

Areas of Study

Creative Media
Explore media platforms by publishing your work and develop proficiency with a variety of writing styles and outlets. Students in creative media are taught by published writers. Classes meet at MCC-Blue River.

Vocal and instrumental students join together in a multi-faceted curriculum supplemented by attending performances and master classes. Music students meet at the Music/Arts Institute and as well as take dance classes at an ISD high school.

Study a variety of acting techniques, including characterization and improvisation as well as auditioning and performing for peers, family and the community.

Visual Art
Students immerse themselves in painting, drawing and figure composition with trips to local art venues. Visual Art classes meet at MCC-Blue River.

Welcome to GCB Academy of the Arts!

1010 S. Pearl Street
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816-574-2461
Fax: 816-836-4998

Director: Bruce Dickerson

George Caleb Bingham Academy of the Arts is a free, four-week summer program sponsored by the Independence School District Board of Education. The program is designed to help students excel in one of four areas: creative media, music, theatre or visual art. Some students choose to perfect their passion for an area of the arts while others use the program as an opportunity to pick up a new craft. A semester’s fine arts credit is awarded to all students, and some are eligible for dual credit through MCC-Blue River.

GCB Staff
Ruth Ann Hafner, Creative Media
Kittie Harden, Theatre
Dr. Jim Heimen, Creative Media
Samantha Kroll, Visual Arts
Anna O'Renick, Music Director