~Romero Britto will bring his expertise to aspiring artists from around the state~
Tallahassee, FL – The Foundation for Excellence in Education today announces International pop artist Romero Britto will serve as the first Artist in Residence for the Arts for Life! Scholarship Program. Each year, the Arts for Life! Scholarship Program awards a $1000 cash scholarship to 25 Florida high school seniors to pursue further education in the arts.
“I am honored Romero Britto is officially joining the Arts for Life! Scholarship Program as our first Artist in Residence,” said Columba Bush, founder of the Arts for Life! Scholarship Program. “His expertise and experience will give the students unprecedented insight into the life and career of a world famous artist.”
In 2008, the 2007-2008 Arts for Life! scholarship recipients will attend a professional development workshop led by Britto. This workshop is designed to help these young artists plan, organize and sustain their creative career. Students will be introduced to professional practices in both the public and private realm. They will learn practical, real life strategies to create and maintain a professional portfolio, navigate state colleges to earn a degree in art, seek internships and employment and market their work to patrons of the arts.
“I am honored to work with Mrs. Bush’s Arts for Life! Scholarship Program,” said Britto. “I applaud her commitment to ensuring students across the state have the ability to pursue their passion of the arts through this scholarship. It is a joy helping aspiring artists reach their potential.”
Miami Beach-based artist Romero Britto is one of the premiere pop artists of our time. Through his use of vivid colors, Britto creates contemporary masterpieces embraced by art lovers and collectors around the world. Embraced by the international community, Britto’s paintings and sculptures are currently featured in more than 100 hundred galleries across five continents. Recently, he completed the 2007 London Pyramid Project as a tribute to the Ancient Pyramids of Giza, the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the World. As part of the project, Britto enlisted the help of 1,500 students from around the world to paint alongside him in the largest educational arts project ever to come to London.
Since it was first launched in 1999, the Arts for Life! Scholarship Program has recognized the exceptional talents of 192 high school seniors from across the state of Florida. The winning graduates must demonstrate academic and artistic excellence in the visual arts, dance, music or theater. Students must provide a sample of work and briefly explain the influence of art and its role in their future. A committee of respected experts in each discipline review and score the art and the essays. Top scoring applicants will receive a scholarship, which is awarded at an annual luncheon for their family, teachers, and administrators. Each cash scholarship must be used for the continued pursuit of the arts in higher education.