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Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications


Santa Monica, November 1, 2013 — The Herb Alpert Foundation and the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) are pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the annual Herb Alpert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists. The Herb Alpert Foundation annually, provides 21 scholarships for CSSSA students in seven disciplines: dance, music, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, film and animation. These awards support each discipline’s top student with a four–year commitment totaling $40,000 for university–level study. In addition, two other students in each discipline receive a one–time scholarship of $2,500.

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CSSSA is a four–week, intensive pre–college program for talented and motivated high school students in the arts, held on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia. Each summer, the top three students in each discipline, selected by CSSSA program directors, are honored with an Emerging Young Artist Scholarship for collegiate study or pre–professional training programs. Michael Fields, Director of CSSSA says, “I have seen firsthand the impact that Herb Alpert’s funding has had on emerging young artists. I know of no other program like it. It is innovative, addresses a real need and it changes lives.”

2013 Herb Alpert Emerging Young Artists
$40,000 scholarship recipients (L to R):
Minu Jun for Film, Kristin Warren for Dance, Jade Bates for Music, Chelsea Barker for Theatre, Taylor Day for Visual Arts, Madison Davis for Creative Writing, and Cassie Jeong for Animation.

Photos by Tommi Cahill.

“The Herb Alpert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists, administered by CSSSA, are the perfect synergy of recognition, financial support, higher education in the arts and intention to promote a standard of artistic excellence. The program’s success has encouraged CalArts to expand scholarship opportunities for CSSSA students as well. I am gratified to see how support has leveraged additional funding for the benefit of these highly talented and motivated students,” says Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation.

2013 Herb Alpert Emerging Young Artists
$2,500 scholarship recipients
(L to R):
Maureen Fowler for Creative Writing, Lily Rushing for Creative Writing, Danielle Burnside Von Hooten for Visual Arts, Natalie D’Amico for Theatre, Ella de Buck for Visual Arts, Brian Sohn for Film, Noah St. John for Theatre, Aaron Blick for Music, Suraj Parthasarathy for Music, Alex Harrell for Dance, Kimberly Petiti for Dance, Mandy Zheng for Animation, Jessica Zhang for Animation and Ilianna Gonzalez for Film.

CSSSA has an annual student body of over 500 young artists from California that includes 20 students admitted from other states and countries. Up to 40% of students receive financial aid to attend the summer arts program. CSSSA offers a unique opportunity for students to spend one month immersed in a creative laboratory experiencing the inspiring and rigorous daily life of a professional artist. As a bridge from high school to college, the program offers graduates three units of California State University course credit and names them “California Arts Scholars” which distinguishes CSSSA graduates from their peers as they proceed to college and an arts career.

Chelsea Barker, the top awardee in theatre this year stated, “The arts give a voice to those who are silenced, transcend boundaries and unite people from all walks of life, and depict the human experience. I will always remember what I have learned at CSSSA and take the experiences with me wherever I go. I will never be able to express how deeply grateful and appreciative I am for your belief and support in the power of the arts.”

Applications will be available for CSSSA Summer 2014 beginning December 2013 at www.csssa.ca.gov
More information on college scholarships at csssaf.org

Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications
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