Edmonds Arts Commission awards final Literary and Performing Arts scholarships

This is the last year that the literary and performing arts scholarships will be awarded by the Arts Commission
May 26, 2013

The Edmonds Arts Commission presented scholarship awards to three Edmonds students on May 21 at the City Council meeting.

Sydney Bennett, graduating from Edmonds Woodway High School, plans to attend the University of Washington.  She has always had an interest in the arts, from dancing to cheerleading, and more recently in writing.  Sydney was awarded a literary arts scholarship to pursue her goal of a career as a political columnist.

Marco Voli, graduating from Edmonds Woodway High School, will be attending Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.  He has been involved in the jazz band and has been an active part of the play production program for three years, both acting in and writing plays.  Marco was awarded a performing arts scholarship to pursue his goal of a career in theater.

Taylor Zickefoose, graduating from Meadowdale High School, plans to attend Central Washington University.  Studying music from an early age, Taylor is already an accomplished jazz vocalist and has received numerous honors and awards, including recognition for an outstanding high school performance as a vocal jazz soloist in Downbeat Magazine. Taylor was awarded a performing arts scholarship to pursue her goal of a career in music.

This is the final year of the scholarship program established by the Edmonds Arts Commission in 1986.  The purpose was to encourage students who are committed to a career in the performing or literary arts.

The program has been supported for many years by proceeds from the Write on the Sound writers’ conference presented annually by the Arts Commission and by donations.

In the 2013 budget the general fund allocation to the Arts Commission for programs was suspended and the proceeds from the conference will now be used to support EAC programs such as the summer concerts, the Best Book Poster Contest for Third graders, and other free events.

This is the last year that the literary and performing arts scholarships will be awarded by the Arts Commission.

A total of 60 students have been awarded scholarships over the past 28 years.

Many of the recipients have gone on to successful careers in the arts as performers, writers and music teachers.  The Arts Commission applauds the hard work and creativity of these students.

 

 

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