About our Arts Scholarship Program

Our scholarship program is seeking students who would like some financial assistance in pursuing their creative interests. The Monroe Arts Alliance awards scholarships for the study of visual art, creative writing, music, theater and dance to Monroe County citizens of any age, at any level from beginner to advanced.

"Pursuing an interest in the arts or fine crafts can often be seen as a luxury, especially in difficult economic times," says Judith Bair, Director of the Arts Alliance. "We're interested in helping students to explore and develop their talent through individual or group lessons, workshops or camps, with the many talented artists and artisans in our area."

The program connects potential students with instructors in their area of interest. Scholarships are awarded based on aptitude, interest and/or financial need, and may be full or partial awards. They may be applied to intensive workshops or extended instruction, depending on the discipline and purpose of study.

The instructors recruited for the scholarship program must live within a 25-mile radius of Monroe County and provide evidence of their experience in teaching their specialty. The Arts Alliance has been successful in signing up some of the best teacher practitioners in the area, including Belinda Anderson, writing; Fran Belin, piano; Jeanne Brenneman, watercolors; Michael Christie, oils; Marianne Deaver, acrylics; Adam DeGraff, violin; Elizabeth Reed, guitar, voice, and flute. We have also partnered with HeartStrings Academy, Carnegie Hall, Trillium and Valley Dance in Lewisberg, WV, to encourage Monroe County students to enroll in classes or workshops at those venues.

"HeartStrings Academy is offering a wonderful range of classes, from classic violin through the Suzuki method, to traditional music on guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. They have introduced some unique formats, including "jam" lessons and performance classes based on the popular "Glee" TV series, Bair adds. "We are fortunate to have such a rich resource in the area."

Instructors are invited to apply to the program by completing a simple application. The Arts Alliance is especially interested in recruiting fine crafts instructors in quilting, fiber arts, pottery and ceramics, woodworking and metal, as well as instrumental, voice, theater and other performing arts. We encourage artists and artisans to submit proposals for workshops or camps. Look for our new informational brochure at local libraries, schools and studios.

This program is made possible through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, as well as through the generous support of Arts Alliance members and friends.

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