The members of the Community Outreach Committee of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) are pleased to announce the winners of the ARTS Scholarships 2021 program, sponsored by Textron Charitable Trust, with support from PPAC Annual Fund Donors and WPRI 12.
The 40 talented Rhode Island student artists, ages 11-14, will each receive a scholarship of up to $500 that will provide them with the opportunity to attend local summer arts education programs that will expand their experiences in a chosen area of study.
Five scholarships in memoriam have been awarded to students who exude a passion for the arts; three scholarships are from the Keri Anne O’Donnell Memorial Fund, one is from the Desiree Mesolella Art Scholarships, and one from the Ragosta Family in memory of Jo-Ann Ragosta who served on the PPAC Board of Directors from 1998 until her passing in 2020.
With oversight from the PPAC Board’s Community Outreach Committee, the ARTS Scholarships Committee is comprised of PPAC directors, Rhode Island educators, artists, and community leaders with an interest in the arts for young people. ARTS Scholarships Committee members are responsible for conducting the assessment of each application and awarding of the scholarships. The mission of PPAC’s Community Outreach Committee is to develop arts education opportunities for Rhode Island’s young people and make PPAC accessible to Rhode Island’s diverse populations.
In 1996, with a portion of the proceeds from the First Annual Greater Providence Gospel Fest (a production of the Providence Performing Arts Center), the PPAC Marketing Department, working in partnership with the Community Outreach Committee, created the ARTS Scholarships program. This scholarship fund has been earmarked for assisting students with an interest in studying the arts; 2021 marks the 25th year that scholarships have been awarded to talented Rhode Island students. The grand total of ARTS Scholarships awarded since the program’s inception is now 740.
Previous scholarship winners had the opportunity to attend summer programs at Rhode Island College, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Newport Children’s Theatre, Blue Door Studio, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Festival Ballet Providence, Academy Players, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, Nancy Stephen Art Gallery, Next Stop Broadway, and others.
The scholarship recipients include:
Abigail Ajca, Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School, Johnston; Christina Arias, Park View Middle School, Cranston; Mia Grace Audino, Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School, Johnston; Alexander Brady, Western Hills Middle School, Cranston; Jack Cooke, Winman Middle School, Warwick; Haley Kinney, Park View Middle School, Cranston; Julia Muschaino, Western Hills Middle School, Cranston; Talia Soares, St. Rose of Lima, Warwick; Colin Williams, Park View Middle School, Cranston; Chanel Yan, Western Hills Middle School, Cranston