The Huntsville Festival of the Arts Scholarship Award was introduced in 1997 to foster the development of the performing arts talent in our community. Over the years funds have been offered to various age groups, however in recognition of the increasing costs of post secondary education, in 2012 the Festival decided to direct its scholarship funds to the Senior graduating students. Once again this year the Senior Awards will total up to $3,000. Scholarship funds must be used towards the cost of tuition to a post secondary institution or applied towards lessons from a qualified instructor.
Candidates must reside in the Huntsville/Lake of Bays area. Applications may be picked up from the High School Guidance Department or the Huntsville High Music Department. Applications are to be completed and mailed back to the Festival office by a specified deadline in May.
2013 Scholarship recipient Gregory Gibson (at the piano) is joined by his brother Alec.
In addition to the application, each candidate may be required to perform a live audition in front of an adjudication panel. Award recipients will be notified during the week following the auditions.
Previous Festival scholarships have been awarded to students pursuing studies in dance, theatre, and music. Scholarship recipients and applicants have participated in a number of performance opportunities over the years, both during main stage concerts at the Festival and Music at Noon concerts. For further information please contact Rob Saunders at 705-788-2787.
In 2009, the Festival worked with Kelly Holinshead of The Shutterbug Gallery in Huntsville to present the first annual en Plein Air event. Established local artists worked with recognized community citizens to paint a picture in 3 hours, at outdoor venues throughout the downtown core. The resultant artwork was then auctioned off that afternoon, on the Town Hall steps, and over $3,000 was raised to be directed towards visual art scholarships for graduating art students throughout the Muskoka region. Similar amounts have been raised in subsequent years.
This year’s en Plein Air event will be held on July 31, with the auction to be held at 3:00 PM on the Town Hall steps.
In 2010, the festival undertook a $1,000 Huntsville Festival Visual Arts Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating visual arts student.
A total of $43,000 has been awarded to these fine Senior candidates in addition to $12,000 awarded to 24 recipients of Junior and Intermediate Scholarships over the same time period. In addition, $18,000 has been distributed through the 'en Plein Air' initiative and a further $4,000 has been awarded through the Huntsville Festival Visual Arts Award.
For a list of all Festival Scholarship recipients click here.