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171 Cedar Arts Center to award $20,000 in scholarship funds.

This year, 171 Cedar Arts Center expects to provide about 50 scholarships to area youth and adults to help make private music lessons, dance lessons, visual arts and ceramics courses, and fitness classes like Tai Chi, and fencing accessible to all members of the community. “We are delighted to announce that once again, we will be able to award over $20,000 in scholarships because of additional funds from a recent grant 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 as we emerge from the pandemic.” Scholarships are available based on financial need or merit (teacher nomination required).

171 Cedar Arts Center received a $15,000 grant for scholarships from the Edwin Caplin Foundation and Mr. Chretien Risley, Trustee. The Edwin Caplin Foundation Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students who are participating in the Center’s multi-disciplinary arts programming. Since its inception, the fund has provided nearly 250 area students more than $51,000 in scholarships.

The Arts Center also has additional scholarship funds: The Charlene Coleman Holland Fund, for private music lessons, the Helen E. Stevenson Memorial Scholarship, the Rosemary Ann Neal Scholarship, the Claire Murray Memorial Scholarship, and the 171 Experience Arts Scholarship Fund.

Anyone interested in applying for scholarships offered by 171 Cedar Arts Center can learn more on their website www.171CedarArts.org or by calling 607-936-4647. Applications may be completed online or in-person (applications are available at the Drake House reception desk). The current deadline to apply is September 10, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be notified on a rolling basis.

For additional comment or to arrange an interview, contact Melissa M. VanSkiver, Marketing Manager, at 607- 936-4647 or vanskiverm@171cedararts.org.

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