171 Cedar Arts Center to award $20,000 in scholarship funds.
Each year, 171 Cedar Arts Center provides about 40 scholarships to area individuals and families to help make dance lessons, arts and ceramics courses, private music lessons, and fitness classes like Tai Chi, yoga, and fencing accessible to all members of the community. “We are delighted to announce that we will be able to award over $20,000 in scholarships this year because of additional funds from a recent grant, a newly established scholarship, and generous community donations,” says Executive Director, Beth Landin. “Inclusivity is a core value at 171, and we are thrilled to be able to increase opportunities for students in our area, particularly during this difficult time.”
171 Cedar Arts Center received a $15,000 grant from the Edwin Caplin Foundation and Mr. Chretien Risley, Trustee. $7,500 of this grant is designated for scholarships, and the remainder will enable 171 to showcase its students and artists in virtual recitals, exhibits, and productions in 2020. The Edwin Caplin Foundation Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students who are participating in the Center’s multi-disciplinary arts programming. Over the past decade, the fund has provided nearly 200 area students more than $35,000 in scholarship funds.
The Rosemary Ann Neal Scholarship was funded this year by 171 member Dwayne Thomas Neal and his partner Daniel H. Paquette in memory of his Dwayne’s mother. The scholarship commemorates Rosemary’s love of music and her passion for teaching piano.
171 Cedar Arts Center also received funds for the 171 Experience Art Fund scholarships from generous member donors and during Giving Tuesday Now on May 5, 2020.
171 has two additional scholarship funds: The Charlene Coleman Holland Fund, for private music lessons and the Helen E. Stevenson Memorial Scholarship, which is a merit scholarship for serious art students who have been nominated by their current art instructor or a member of the community.
Anyone interested in applying for scholarships offered by 171 Cedar Arts Center can learn more on their website 171CedarArts.org or by calling 607-936-4647. Applications can be completed online or in-person by appointment to allow for social distancing. The current deadline to apply is August 31, 2020.