Talbot Arts welcomes applications for summer arts scholarships for county students now enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. This is the twenty-first year the Arts Council has offered scholarships to help students with outstanding promise attend advanced programs in their artistic areas. The program is named in honor of the late Willard A. Lockwood, longtime president of the Arts Council, under whose guidance it was developed.
There is no specific dollar limit to individual grant requests, but the amount asked of the Arts Council must be matched dollar-for-dollar by funds from other sources. For example, if a program costs $1,000, no more than $500 may be requested from the Arts Council. Eligible art studies include summer arts or music camps and art, music or literary programs, classes, or private lessons. Talbot Arts is very committed to the spirit of these scholarships and understands that the match can be a barrier to deserving students and their ability to participate. The organization is working closely with other grant sponsors who have expressed a willingness to help students identify potential sources for the match.
Funds available for summer arts scholarships this year are provided by grants from Talbot County and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.
“We are very committed to supporting the artistic development of our gifted and talented young adults here in Talbot County,” according to Joan Levy, Executive Director of Talbot Arts. “The Summer Arts Scholarship program is extremely important as it provides our high school students with the opportunity to stretch the existing boundaries of their talents and skills. While we are very fortunate to have dedicated and committed arts educators and instructors here in Talbot County, these scholarships offer students exposure to other experts and additional training. Students who have participated in the past have described their summer experience as rewarding and inspiring.”
Information about the summer arts scholarship program and application is available online at www.talbotarts.org. Applications will be accepted from May 1 until May 28. Selections for grant awards will be made by the board of directors of Talbot Arts and announced in June.
Although COVID19 presented challenges, last summer six local students received scholarships and were able to participate in a variety of programs. These students provided one-on-one interviews that captured their passion and enthusiasm for their art despite these challenging times. Their videos are posted on the Arts Council’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChvFclg-f05L0rRiHeqBSuA/
For further information about the scholarship program, including application materials, contact Joan Levy, Executive Director, Talbot Arts, P.O. Box 6, Easton, MD 21601 (office phone 410-245-5195 /e-mail email@example.com)