Grants give coldstream and Vernon arts students a boost – lake country calendar

Three local students get a boost in their artistic endeavors at the school.

The Vernon & District Performing Arts Center Society was able to award scholarships despite its 20th annual birthday party celebration suspended for a second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three $ 1,000 recipients are Rachel Glessing of Coldstream; and Robyn Shanks and Emily Campbell, both of Vernon.

The families of each year’s recipients are traditionally invited and publicly recognized as part of the pre-show ceremonies each fall during the birthday party.

Glessing, a Kalamalka high school graduate, is a fourth year student at the University of Calgary, having completed two years in a Bachelor of Music in Integrated Studies, combined with her Bachelor of Science (Biology), with two years remaining in her Bachelor of Music program (trombone).

Shanks, a graduate of Clarence Fulton High School, is a fourth year Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Campbell, also a Fulton graduate, is a fourth year Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) at the University of Victoria, majoring in Applied Theater (as an accessible art form), Technical (Lighting) and Stage Direction. , while completing a minor in English.

“We have a very accomplished local community of drama, dance and music school programs and private academies here, which shows how important the performing arts are to our young emerging artists,” said VDPAC Executive Director Jim Harding.

“We want to continue to encourage them with our scholarship program to help them explore and develop careers. Live shows will return, so we will definitely need this coming year and the continued generosity of our supporters to help rebuild our scholarship fund to provide that support. “

The scholarships are made possible thanks to generous donations from patrons, tips collected at the cloakroom and at the bar and concession; as well as specified and tax-deductible commemorative gifts and gifts by donors and sponsors made throughout the year.

“This year, with the return of full public performances still being delayed, we have just presented our audience cuts promotion as a fundraiser to help replenish our scholarship program fund for 2021 and beyond,” he said. said Harding.

Those wishing to support the program can visit to purchase an audience cutout for a tax-deductible donation. The cutouts will help fill seats that society cannot fill while public health orders limit indoor events to a maximum capacity of 50%.

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