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The City of Beaverton Arts Program is now accepting applications for our Youth Arts Awards, recognizing the accomplishments and academic pursuits of young and emerging artists in the performing and visual arts. The City of Beaverton Arts Program is now accepting applications for our Youth Arts Awards, recognizing the accomplishments and academic pursuits of young and emerging artists in the performing and visual arts.

The application will be open until Friday, February 18th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

The Youth Arts Awards (YAA) support young artists and promote access to the arts for everyone. There are two categories of awards for which applicants can apply.

1. Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships (high school seniors and independent/non-traditional studies students applying to enroll in college/university)

2. Emerging Talent Awards (high school juniors)

Our Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships recognize outstanding achievement and encourage promising academic advancement. These scholarships aim to help foster a diverse and flourishing arts community. Multiple scholarships up to $2,500 will be awarded to high school seniors enrolled in K-12 traditional education settings as well as students enrolled in non-traditional settings i.e. home school, within Beaverton School District boundaries.

Our new Emerging Talent Awards are non-monetary awards given to one high school junior per each high school in Beaverton School District. These awards recognize the growth and potential of these individuals and will serve to acknowledge their accomplishments in advance of their college/university applications.

We encourage all eligible students to apply.

The City of Beaverton Arts Program will be awarding young artists and outstanding achievements in two categories for each award program:

1. Visual Arts, which includes traditional 2D and 3D media, graphic design, video and film, and digital arts/media, etc.

2. Performing Arts, which includes music, dance, theater, improv/comedy, tech crew (studio recording and production), stage crew (lighting, sound, rigging), etc.

Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships

High school, Running Start, non-traditional and homeschooled students must currently be in their senior year or academic equivalent and must attend a public, private, or alternative high school within Beaverton School District boundaries. There is no age limit for these scholarships, but applicants must be living within Beaverton School District boundaries or have attended a public, private, charter or alternative high school within Beaverton School District boundaries. Visual arts applicants will be required to submit (3) .jpg files of their work and performing arts applicants will be required to submit video links that total 7-10 minutes in length. A letter of recommendation from a visual art or performing art instructor, guidance counselor or mentor must be attached to the application.

Emerging Talent Awards

High school, Running Start, non-traditional and homeschooled students must currently be in their junior year or academic equivalent and must attend a public, private, charter or alternative high school within Beaverton School District boundaries. There is no age limit for these scholarships, but applicants must be living within Beaverton School District boundaries or have attended a public, private, charter or alternative high school within Beaverton School District boundaries. Visual arts applicants will be required to submit (3) .jpg files of their work and performing arts applicants will be required to submit video links that total 7-10 minutes in length. A letter of recommendation from a visual art or performing art instructor must be attached to the application.

Evaluation

A panel comprised of City of Beaverton staff, Arts Commissioners, arts education professionals and former award recipients will review and evaluate applications and make recommendations for award recipients. These awards will be formally offered and students will be recognized at a public event in May 2022.

Please note that each applicant’s free response section will be evaluated and weighted evenly to submitted work samples.

For questions about the guidelines or application, contact Kourtnee Buechner, Arts Program Grants and Operations Specialist, at kbuechner@BeavertonOregon.gov or at (503) 214-0461.

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