Sunday, June 7, 2015

Art Awards and Silent Auction

It was a packed house at the Alper JCC as The Fund 4 Design and Art Education awarded twelve deserving Miami-Dade County high school seniors with a $1,000 check to their respective colleges. The second annual Art Awards & Silent Auction, which took place on Sunday, May 30, also awarded six talented young artists with the AMAZING Sketchbook Award.

The mission of The Fund 4 Design & Art Education is to further the creative development of art students by providing art materials, guidance, and financial assistance. In a little under two years the Fund has awarded over $30,000 in Isaiah Scholarships and many AMAZING Sketchbook Awards. 100% of all donations are directed to art kids!

The Fund, which started as a little idea, by retired art teachers Marlene Kohn and Marilyn Traeger has grown thanks to the generous support of the Art Education Department, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; The Dade Art Educators Association; The Alper JCC; Blick Art Materials; DASH; our energetic and enthusiastic student  & adult Volunteers; and our big-hearted donors.

Congratulations to the winners of the Isaiah Scholarships given annually to talented students who have created diligently throughout their high school years and are continuing their studies in colleges and universities around the world.
Isaiah Cargill
Design & Architecture Senior High
Parsons Paris

Ashley Chacon
Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Vivienne Crews
Design & Architecture Senior High
School of Visual Arts

Juan Jose Garcia
New World School for the Arts
The Cooper Union

Natalie Hernandez
South Miami Senior High School
Miami Dade College

Maite Irabarren
Design & Architecture Senior High
University of Michigan

Daniel Montenegro
Design & Architecture Senior High
School of Visual Arts

Katherine Machin
South Miami Senior High
Rhode Island School of Design

Anais Perez
Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment
Maryland Institute College of Art

Virginia Perez
South Miami Senior High School
Florida International University

Lucas Riquenes
Design & Architecture Senior High
Laguna College of Art & Design

Jamesley St. Juste
Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory
New Hampshire Institute of Art

At the end of the event members of the Fund received startling news when one of the Scholars indicated that she might not be able to attend her school of choice. She is $5,000 short despite the $50,000 she already has been awarded in scholarships and loans. We told her that we would find a way. This is an excerpt  of her application. “I learned that emotional and financial pains are transient and that if you choose to keeping working hard, you will prevail.” The Fund is still working hard to help her. Please consider donating a little or a lot to make her artistic dream come true. Donate on our website or mail a check to Dade Art Educators Association  879 Eastwood Drive | Miami Springs, FL 33166.
For more about the Fund 4 Design & Art Education, how to volunteer, and donate visit www/