The only summer school of its kind in the nation is showcasing art inspired by the World War I era tonight.

The George Caleb Bingham Academy of the Arts is having its Showcase of the Arts  at Truman High School’s auditorium, 3301 S. Noland Road in Independence.

The event begins at 7:45 p.m. and will feature live musical and theatrical performances with the theme, “100 Years Ago,” that highlights silent movies, ragtime jazz and vaudeville theater.

Dance, vocal and instrumental performances - including a harp ensemble, piano quartets and a jazz ensemble - will be featured by some of the program’s 87 students from 20 schools, as well as large art exhibit for public display.

Prior to the showcase will also be the Academy of the Arts’ graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The students who participated in the five-week program will receive awards and diplomas. Also, they have earned either high school or dual credit through MCC-Blue River.