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Cortada to participate in “Arts for Life!” Artist Symposium

June 22, 2012 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cortada to participate in

 

Arts for Life! recognizes the creativity and artistic talents of high school students throughout Florida. The Artist Symposium provides a group of professional role models for the scholarship recipients. Each year a group of professional visual and performing artists are chosen to serve on a panel at the Arts for Life! Scholarship Program Luncheon. These professional artists share their journey with the students as well as college and career advice for continuing their pursuit of the arts.

6/22/2012
When: June 22, 2012
10 am
Where: The Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW Fifth Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida  33312
United States
Contact: Lisa K. Raguso
lisa@afloridapromise.org

Artist Symposium

The Artist Symposium provides a group of professional role models for the scholarship recipients.  Each year a group of professional visual and performing artists are chosen to serve on a panel at the Arts for Life! Scholarship Program Luncheon.  These professional artists share their journey with the students as well as college and career advice for continuing their pursuit of the arts

 

More at http://artsforlifeaward.org/

 


ARTS FOR LIFE!
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

TALLAHASSEE, FL – STUDENTS GRADUATING FROM A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL OR A HOME EDUCATION PROGRAM IN FLORIDA IN THE SPRING OF 2012 ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE 2011-2012 ARTS FOR LIFE!SCHOLARSHIP.  THIS PROGRAM ANNUALLY AWARDS $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO 25 GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WHO DEMONSTRATE EXCELLENCE IN VISUAL ART, MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA OR CREATIVE WRITING.  LAUNCHED BY FORMER FIRST LADY COLUMBA BUSH IN 1999, THE PROGRAM HAS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS TO MORE THAN 300 GIFTED HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS.

 

Arts for Life!

Award Winners

Creative Writing

    • Excerpt from the short story “Sari”

       

      Out of the box came yards and yards of delicate blue fabric with silver detailing on the edges.

       

      “It’s a sari,” explained my mother. “Indian women wear them everywhere. I thought maybe you could wear it to prom….and look, it matches your eyes!”

       

      I smiled brightly. “Thanks, Mom.” My mother, with her tanned skin and dark hair and eyes, would have looked right at home in a sari. I, with my red hair and freckles, would look ridiculous in one. The pretty fabric would look better crumpled on the floor of my closet than it would on my body. As my brother expressed similarily fake gratitude for his gift – a handmade pan flute from Greece – my eyes floated over to my dad, who was leaning against the kitchen door, watching my mother warily. These semiannual visits were always awkward, but there was an unspoken ban on complaining. Dad led by example on this front, though he had cooked so many dinners, checked so much homework, and sat through so many of my choral performances and Ben’s soccer games every week that I thought he had more right to complain than Ben and me combined.

       

      After the presents were opened and the paper disposed of, Mom took me and Ben and our overnight bags out to her shiny, rented Sorento. As I went out the door, my dad kissed me on the cheek.

      Shelby Bouck

      Fort Walton Beach High School, Okaloosa County
    • Excerpt from the nonfiction piece “One for the Board (My Life as a Cascio)

      Some of my earliest memories include putting on puppet shows in giant refrigerator boxes in our family’s basement in Wichita, Kansas. The basement was where the Lint Man lived. Also living with us in the house were Crab Man, Angry Robot Man, Alligator Man and Mr. Hand. All of these were characters my father came up with that he used when he wanted me and my older sister to do as we were told. Crab Man, Angry Robot Man and Alligator Man all followed the same basic principle. My father would don the character’s respective voice and then chase us to our rooms when it was time to go to bed, both screaming and laughing at the same time. Often, when we got to our room we would lock our door. When he convinced us to let him in, my father would tell us a bedtime story. It was always the same story. He would begin with his voice gentle. “Let me tell you the story”, then he would take on a deep and demonic tone as he flicked the light switch off “of the Bloody Eye!” My sister and I would scream.

       

      When my father would get ready to finish his bedtime routine he would say to us, “Goodnight, don’t let the spiders bite.” We would scream then he would reply, “Nah, I’m only kidding. There are no spiders, the rats ate them.” We would scream again. “Nah, I’m just kidding, the snakes ate them.” Then he would step out into the hall and close the door behind him, leaving my sister and me screaming giddily in the dark. We screamed mostly for fun and out of excitement because this happened nearly every night and we knew to expect it. Yet, my father still thinks I was being ridiculous when I went through a brief period in my childhood when I thought I heard voices inside the walls. I just think it’s a miracle I’m not an axe murderer.

      Emily Cascio

      Hernando County, Nature Coast Technical High School
    • Excerpt from the poem “The Journey”

       

      I am far greater than any dictionary can define

      Than just to simply confess

      That I am

      And will always be

      Me

       

      I proposed a theory,

      But even my own words

      I couldn’t believe in

      So I decided to explore

      Hoping my heart would find truth

      I traveled to the end of Earth,

      Fought against lions, tigers, and bears

      Swam the Pacific, and sailed the Atlantic

      Climbed to the peak of the Appalachian

      Starved in the depths of Somalia

      And prayed to the gods of Indonesia

      Seeking for an answer

      Yet, my core was left vacant

       

      Then near the conclusion of my excursion

      I drove beneath Earth’s surface

      To the valley of the mantle

      There lay broken pieces of glass,

      Tarnished with unspoken memories.

      Tovonnia Lewis

      Hillsborough County, Howard W. Blake High School
    • The Poem “Anatomy of a Thought”

       

      It begins in the frontal lobe,

      somewhere in the mass of arteries

      and blood vessels,

      it sparks blue electricity,

      propelled through the brain

      from neuron to neuron,

      an article seen on the

      yellowing edges of a newspaper,

      pictures processed like photographs

      in the occipital lobe.

      Another spark

      in the endless wiring,

      quick, electric,

      a small, familiar epiphany,

      met with brisk breath,

      widening of the eyes,

      impatient fingers

      hurrying across the keyboard,

      needing to hold on to the conception

      before it slips away,

      back into the teeming circuitry.

      Ellen Verney

      Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Duval County

Dance

  • Kayla Marcus

    Kayla Marcus

    Hillsborough County, Robinson High School

Drama

  • Joseph Anarumo

    Joseph Anarumo

    Palm Beach County, West Boca Raton Community High School
  • Nicholas Sacks

    Nicholas Sacks

    Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Duval County
  • Michaela Vine

    Michaela Vine

    Westshore Jr./Sr. High School, Brevard County

Music

    • Kelsey Bannon

      Kelsey Bannon

      Northside Christian School, Pinellas County
    • Aaron Dombey

      Aaron Dombey

      Miami-Dade County, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School
    • Queenie Edwards

      Queenie Edwards

      Hillsborough County, Walter L. Sickles High School
    • Thomas Ingui

      Thomas Ingui

      Indian River Charter High School, Indian River County
  • Jonathan Ward

    Jonathan Ward

    Buchholz High School, Alachua County

Visual Art

    • Ashley Bowersox

      Ashley Bowersox

      Dr. Phillips High School, Orange County
    • Ain Eccles

      Ain Eccles

      Lake Brantley High School, Seminole County
    • Cyrus Hodge

      Cyrus Hodge

      Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Duval County
    • Esme McFerrin

      Esme McFerrin

      Osceola County, Osceola County School for the Arts
    • Alexa Mekita

      Alexa Mekita

      Atlantic Community High School, Palm Beach County
    • Victoria Montes

      Victoria Montes

      Miami-Dade County, New World School of the Arts
    • Lian Plass

      Lian Plass

      Design and Architecture Senior High School, Miami-Dade County
    • Isabella Rodriguez

      Isabella Rodriguez

      Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami-Dade County
    • Megan Schmunk

      Megan Schmunk

      Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach County
    • Krystal Smith

      Krystal Smith

      Lee County, Mariner High School
    • Andrew Stearns

      Andrew Stearns

      Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Polk County
    • Nina Vallad

      Nina Vallad

      Bay County, Bay High School

See 2012 winners at http://artsforlifeaward.org/categories/2012/#all

Details

Date:
June 22, 2012
Time:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Lisa K. Raguso, Arts for Life! Program Director
Phone
(850) 391-4090
Email
Lisa@ExcelinEd.org
View Organizer Website

Venue

The Broward Centere for the Performing Arts
201 SW Fifth Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312 United States
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