Arts for Life! Scholarship Winners Join Governor Bush and Columba Bush at Luncheon
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Today, 2013 Arts for Life! winners attended a luncheon in their honor hosted by former Governor Jeb Bush and Columba Bush at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Fla. Prior to the luncheon, students had the opportunity to participate in the Artist Symposium, a panel of professionals representing several arts disciplines offering guidance and advice based on their experiences. Winners in attendance also performed or exhibited in the discipline for which they were awarded.
The 2013 Arts for Life! winners were selected from more than 450 exceptional high school seniors from 44 counties across Florida, with students in public, magnet, charter, private and home education programs vying for the prestigious award. This year’s scholarship winners were selected by a committee of respected experts in the scholarship’s five disciplines: creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual art.
As Director of Education and Community EngagementÂ at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Jairo Ontiveros oversees a diverse portfolio of programs that reach more than 26,000 students a year, from pre-school to 12th grade, as well as adult students, with an emphasis on outreach to populations traditionally underserved by the arts. The majority of young people impacted by these programs are students in the Miami-Dade County Public School District, the second-largest minority-majority school system in the country, with 62 percent of its students being of Hispanic origin, 26 percent African American, 9 percent Non-Hispanic White, 1 percent Asian and less than 2 percent other minorities. One in every four of the 380,006 students in this school system live in families that function below the poverty level.
Before joining the Adrienne Arsht Center in 2007, Mr. Ontiveros was a principal dancer with the Austin-based Aztlan Dance Company as well as serving as coordinator for community projects. While studying in Barcelona, he worked as an assistant to the company manager at Rosita Mauri Academy of Dance. He then completed a Texas Performing Arts Management Fellowship in programming and education at the University of Texas-Austin, where he was instrumental in increasing the performing arts organization’s presence in the Austin community and the Austin and Del Valle Independent School Districts. During this same time period, Mr. Ontiveros produced a summer folk music concert series in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to raise funds to support the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, the oldest crafts school in Tennessee.
Arts for Life! Scholarship Deadline Today
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today is the deadline for students to complete and submit their 2012-2013 Arts for Life! scholarship applications. Launched by Columba Bush and the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Arts for Life! annually recognizes 25 graduating high school seniors from across Florida for outstanding achievement in the arts. Each recipient receives a $2,000 cash scholarship toward their pursuit of the arts in higher education. The scholarships are provided through the generous donation of Ronald O. Perelman.
In addition to the program’s$2,000 cash award, winners will be automatically eligible to receive a matching scholarship worth $1,000 if they attend one of the participating Florida institutions for higher education listed below: