$25,000 in scholarships available for Beaverton student artists
Student artists in Beaverton will soon have the opportunity to earn a cash award and boost their college resumes with the return of the annual Youth Arts Awards.
The Beaverton Arts Program is offering awards and scholarships to artists of all mediums, including performing arts.
These awards are open to high school seniors and juniors within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Students enrolled in non-traditional programs are eligible as well.
"Over the years, the Beaverton Arts Program has invested in opportunities to help our youth develop their artistic expression by providing professional development workshops, artist calls, and grants to support local and emerging artists," said Kourtnee Buechner, the program's grants and operations specialist.
The Beaverton Arts Program will be distributing up to $25,000 in scholarships this year to support local artists. In total, there will be 10 awards of $2,500, Buechner added.
The program is also introducing the new Emerging Talents Awards, which are non-monetary awards given to one high school junior at each high school in the Beaverton School District.
"These awards recognize the growth and potential of these individuals and will serve to acknowledge their accomplishments in advance of their college/university applications," Buechner said.
The awards will have two categories:
• Visual arts, which include 2D, 3D media, graphic design, video and digital art.
• Performing arts, which will include music, dance, theater, improv/comedy, tech crew (studio recording and production), stage crew (lighting, sound, rigging), and so on.
Visual arts applicants are required to submit three JPEG files of their work. Performing arts applicants need to submit video links that are between 7 and 10 minutes in length. A letter of recommendation from an instructor is also required for each application.
Applications will be evaluated by a panel composed of Beaverton city staff, arts commissioners, arts education professionals and former award recipients. Students will be recognized in a public event in May.
The application is available on the city website will be open until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18.
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