CFAC launches student artist award program
The City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is launching its 2012 Student Creative Arts Award Program. The program is open to Sonoma Valley residents between the age of 16 and 21 who are studying visual, literary or performing arts. Those interested in competing for the $2,000 cash award must submit their entries no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 26, 2012. The goal of the program is best explained by a message written on a post card sent from New York City by last year’s award winner, Sarah Summers.
Summers wrote, “Dear Cultural and Fine Arts Commission, I’m writing after several fine visits to colleges and universities in New York City where I have been touring art, music, and dance departments as part of my college application process. The Student Creative Art Award truly motivated and inspired me to take my pursuit of the arts seriously, and for that I send you my humble gratitude. I hope all is well in Sonoma.”
Commission Chair Lorna Sheridan said, “This is exactly the kind of outcome we hope for in giving these awards.”
In addition to the application form, all applicants must submit a 200-to-500 word essay explaining the role that art has played in their life and what their plans are for continuing their artistic training. They will then be asked to schedule an interview and/or audition during the month of February. Those submitting a visual or literary application are asked to also submit a formal or informal printed portfolio of no less than five pieces of work. Performing artists may submit a DVD of performance highlights.
The application form is available at www.sonomacity.org. Contact the City Clerk at 933-2216 for additional information.