By Patrice Shields
The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) believes that the future is bright for creative high school graduates who are planning to continue their educations and pursue careers in the arts. CFABS hopes to make that path easier through their annual High School Showcase where local high school seniors who are planning to study art or design in college are eligible for college tuition scholarships. The High School Showcase Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs is free and open to the public. The showcase is on display through May 19, 2016.
Bonita Springs and Estero High school students gather their best work for submission to the Student Showcase Exhibition. Each senior submits a portfolio of their artwork, writes an essay and answers questions in a one-on-one interview with Centers for the Arts representatives. Winners are announced at the Opening Reception on May 13. CFABS has awarded more than $100,000 since the beginning of this program to support students wishing to pursue careers in art, design, architecture, media and performance. Funding for the scholarships is raised in part through CFABS’ annual “Off the Walls,” event and through private donor designated gifts. All students who participate receive a scholarship for Centers for the Arts programming.
“While our country struggles to keep our students in school and improve our graduation statistics of only two out of three students graduating, we are pleased to see the many students who have chosen to participate in this exhibition, compete on a high level for college tuition scholarships and make the positive choice to stay in school, graduate and even go to college,” says Susan Bridges, President of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs.
Local elementary and middle school students will have an opportunity to exhibit their work during CFABS’ Elementary and Middle School Exhibition on display May 27-June 2, 2016 in the Main Gallery of the Center for Visual Arts Bonita. The opening reception for the Elementary and Middle School Exhibition is Friday May 27, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm.
The Centers for the Arts offers Summer Camps for children ages 4-18 in Art, Theater, Dance and Music beginning June 8. The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs makes summer fun and learning affordable for families with great scholarships and discounts. Stop by the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs and pick up a catalog or go on-line to www.artcenterbonita.org for a listing of classes for children and adults.
Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, and those who join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.
To learn more contact the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 or visit http://www.artcenterbonita.org.
IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: High School Student Showcase Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm (on display through May 19, 2016)
WHERE: The Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs